Rouhani Wants Tehran, Ankara to Cooperate With Damascus to Tackle Terrorists in Idlib

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On Tuesday, the Al-Watan newspaper quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian Army may start a large-scale military operation in the north-western province of Idlib which remains one of the last terrorist strongholds in the Arab country.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the situation in Syria’s Idlib province to be resolved during discussions between Tehran, Damascus and Ankara.

Rouhani made the statement after his meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the 2019 Kuala Lumpur Summit on Thursday.

“[…] Rouhani called for more cooperation of Iran and Turkey with the Syrian government. He also went on to call for cooperation with Damascus in the attempt to drive terrorist groups out of Idlib and promote peace in the country”, according to a press release published on the Iranian President’s website.

The Erdogan-Rouhani talks came after the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan cited a military source as saying that the country’s military is pulling reinforcements into the country’s northwestern province of Idlib and might start a large-scale offensive there to drive terrorists out of the area.

Idlib Should Be Freed From Terrorists

This was preceded by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stating last week that Idlib had been taken over by the Jabhat al-Nusra* but that eventually it has to be completely liberated from terrorists and returned under the…

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