Zarif, Lavrov discuss Syrian developments on the phone
The foreign Ministers of Iran and Russia discussed the latest development in Syria during a phone call on Thursday.
Iran Press/Iran News: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, have discussed the situation in northeastern Syria and expressed their readiness to facilitate relevant talks, Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday, reported Iran Press.
Both Lavrov and Zarif said it was necessary to reach long-lasting stabilization on the eastern side of the Euphrates river via the "dialogue between Damascus and Ankara, as well as between the Syrian authorities and representatives of Syrian Kurds".
Turkey launched the offensive, called Operation Peace Spring, on October 9 with the aim of purging the northern Syrian regions near its border of Kurdish militants, whom it views as terrorists linked to local autonomy-seeking militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The incursion came after the US abruptly pulled its forces out of the region, clearing the path for Turkey to go ahead with a planned military action against Washington’s longtime Kurdish allies.
The general opinion was expressed on the need to achieve a durable and long-term stabilization of the situation on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River on the basis of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria through establishing a dialogue between Damascus and Ankara as well as between the Syrian authorities and representatives of the Syrian Kurds.