Rouhani urges joint efforts between Iran and Turkey in Iraq, Syria

World Saturday 26/November/2016 19:59 PM
By: Times News Service
Rouhani urges joint efforts between Iran and Turkey in Iraq, Syria

Dubai: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq.
"Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference," Rouhani told visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.
"If major regional powers stand together, problems in Iraq and Syria will be resolved without the need for foreign powers," Rouhani added.
"Despite (their differences), the two countries' officials are looking for solutions and seeking to draw closer their points of views, especially on Iraq and Syria," IRNA earlier reported.
"Preserving the territorial integrity and national unity of Iraq and Syria is in the interest of Iran and Turkey as well as that of regional peace and stability," Cavusoglu was quoted by IRNA as saying.
Iran has joined Iraq in criticising the Turkish military presence in northern Iraq, which Ankara has said is at the invitation of a Kurdish regional government.
Relations between the two neighbours appear to have improved after Iran supported the government of Turkey against a failed military coup in July.