0136 GMT February 25, 2018
Speaking with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar over telephone on Sunday, the Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad-Hossein Baqeri discussed Turkish military operation in Syria’s Afrin, MNA reported.
He stressed that it is imperative to maintain the Syrian territorial integrity and that Turkey’s military operation should not harm the tripartite political talks which have to be successful so far. He also emphasized that no harm should come to the innocent civilians within the operational zone.
During their conservation, Akar explained to Baqeri that the main reason that Turkey started the military operation in Syria’s Afrin was to confront the terrorist groups which had gathered in the area and the threat they posed against Turkey’s villages and towns of Turkey. He stressed that the Turkish army’s operation is well within Turkey’s right to self-defense.
He assured Baqeri that Turkey remains committed to its agreements with Iran and Russia, even as it respects Syrian territorial integrity.