Zarif discusses northern Syria with Turkish FM on phone

Iranian Foreign Minister and his Turkish counterpart discussed the latest regional developments, especially northern Syria over the phone.

Iran Press/Iran News: During his conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed recent regional affairs, in particular, those about northern Syria in a phone call late on Friday.

This phone talk came following Zarif's separate phone conversations with Russian, Syrian, and Iraqi FMs on Thursday after Turkey launched an attack in northern Syria.

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Meanwhile, Syrian media reported that some gunfire, grenades, and mortars could be heard in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday evening despite a cease-fire the United States drew up and Turkey agreed to Thursday night.

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Regarding the continuation of attacks, US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had spoken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who told him there had been some “minor” sniper and mortar fire in northeastern Syria despite a ceasefire, but that it had been quickly eliminated.

According to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Media Head Office, the talks with the officials of the other countries will continue.

Turkish forces launched 'Operation Peace Spring' on Wednesday. Consisting of Turkish armed forces troops and elements of the so-called 'Syrian National Army', a formation of militants which Damascus has previously classified as terrorists, the operation is taking place in the Rojava, a de facto autonomous region of northern Syria controlled by the majority Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.

Turkey considers the Kurd militant formations, the YPG, to be a terrorist grouping with links to Turkey's own PKK Kurdish militants.


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