Iran seeks to find more common grounds with Turkey on Syria: Deputy FM

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari underlined that his country seeks to find more common grounds with Turkey in peace talks on Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is trying to increase common ground to the utmost and we have made efforts to define and create common fields with Turkey on Syria and then expand them," Jaberi Ansari said on Sunday.

Describing the common grounds between Tehran and Moscow, he said the two states share identical views on effective confrontation against terrorism.

Jaberi Ansari referred to the Astana peace talks on Syria, and said the three principles pursued by Iran, Turkey and Syria in the talks is maintaining Syria's territorial integrity and national sovereignty and preventing its disintegration.

In relevant remarks earlier today, Jaberi Ansari underlined the importance of Astana talks and efforts to establish peace and stability in Syria as one of the country's prioritized foreign policies.

"At present, the Astana and Syria issue is one of the foreign ministry's priorities, and relations with the Arab Asian countries have expanded to this end," the senior diplomat said.

He, meantime, stressed that Iran's foreign policy has always focused on development of ties with other world states, and said, "We are trying to consider economic capacities in ties with all countries and activate them and expand political activities and multilateral relations with them alongside."

Also, in January, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the peace talks to resolve the crisis in the war-hit Syria should be pursued seriously.

"First, we should endeavor to maintain the ceasefire and don’t allow the fire of war to flare again," President Rouhani said in a press conference in Tehran.

He also underscored the need for holding real and serious talks in Astana to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Stressing Iran, Russia and Turkey's intensified efforts on the threshold of Astana talks, President Rouhani said, "No one is allowed to decide for the Syrian people on who, how and which government should rule Syria in future, and an atmosphere of peace and stability as well as the conditions for holding elections should be prepared."

"Every one should accept whatever the Syrian people vote for," he emphasized.



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