0947 GMT July 19, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Tuesday to maintain cooperation between Iran, Turkey and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
Rouhani and Erdogan, who talked on the phone, called for increasing joint efforts between the three countries in order to ease tensions in Syria.
Rouhani said “fighting terrorism, ending the war in Syria and establishing security in the region” are among objectives sought by the trio.
“I believe mutual cooperation on the issue of Syria… has created better conditions for achieving peace,” Rouhani told Erdogan.
Rouhani again slammed Saturday’s missile strike by the US, Britain and France on Syria as “aggression”, calling it a “repugnant” measure by “bullying powers.”
He said the strike was carried out before an investigation by international experts into an alleged chemical attack in a terrorist-held region near the Syrian capital Damascus.
Rouhani said Iran, Turkey and Russia have started a “heavy and great” job regarding Syria and should continue to work together until peace is restored to the war-battered country.
The Iranian president further hoped that economic agreements between Tehran and Ankara come into force as soon as possible.
Erdogan said joint efforts by Turkey, Iran and Russia could help find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
He also said all sides should support the international probe into the suspected gas attack in Syria.
The Turkish leader stressed that Ankara, Tehran and Moscow will confront any attempt to partition Syria.
Reuters contributed to this story.