Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Iran and Turkey plan to cooperate to help defuse the crisis in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Tehran on Wednesday. Iran and Turkey agree on a number of issues relating to Syria, Zarif said at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu
"One of the points we agree on is that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis.... The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey plan to cooperate in this regard," the Iranian foreign minister said.
"All our efforts should be aimed at ending the conflict and brokering ceasefire in Syria, even before the Geneva II conference if possible. We should cooperate with each other to help the Syrian people which are in a very bad situation."
The peace conference on Syria is scheduled to be held on January 22.
Turkey says ceasefire should be enforced in Syria
During the press conference, the Turkish foreign minister called for a ceasefire in Syria before the Geneva II conference, noting that it would pave the way for the success of the meeting.
Commenting on Iran-Turkey relations, Davutoglu said it is hoped that the volume of annual bilateral trade would reach $30 billion in 2015.
Davutoglu also held a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the same day.
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