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Rouhani called on Turkey to reconsider position on military operation in Syria

2019-10-09T11:25:24.878Z

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the Turkish leadership to reconsider its position regarding the start of a military operation in northeast Syria, TASS reports.



“We urge friendly and fraternal Turkey and its government to exercise more care and restraint on this issue and to reconsider the approach that has been chosen,” Rouhani said, noting that the path chosen by Turkey will not benefit the region.

According to him, Turkey has the right to resolve the issue regarding the situation on its southern borders, however, "the right choice must be made along this path."

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif opposed the Turkish military operation in Syria.

On October 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country could launch a military operation in northern Syria in the coming days.

Later, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the completion of preparations for the operation.

Great Britain and Italy expressed concern over Turkey’s intention to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held telephone conversations with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during which the ministers paid special attention to the situation in Syria.

The US Department of Defense has announced "the possible destabilizing consequences of actions for Turkey itself" after a military operation against Kurdish forces.

Source: russiart

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