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Iranian FM says Syria’s territorial integrity must be respected

By Rudaw 19/3/2016
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a press conference held in Istanbul today. Photo: IRNA
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a press conference held in Istanbul today. Photo: IRNA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— Visiting Ankara on Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Syria’s national unity and territorial integrity have to be respected.

Speaking at a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Zarif said, “Although there are some differences between Iran and Turkey, but both countries have a common viewpoint on territorial integrity of Syria,” Reuters reported.

On Thursday March 17, the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria’s Kurdish enclave declared a federal region which includes the three cantons of Cizire, Kobani and Afrin, administrated by the PYD since 2011. 

The Kurdish declaration came just days after it was established that PYD would not be allowed into the peace talks in Geneva despite Russian and UN pressure. 

Iran, a major supporter of the Syrian regime under President Bashar Assad, has opposed partition of the country along the sectarian lines fearing it would further corner the Shiite Alawites in Syria which Tehran has long sponsored. Turkey has maintained a similar stance but for reasons related to the Kurdish question in Syria which has largely been shaped by Kurdistan’s Workers Party (PKK) which fights for self-rule in Turkey.        

"We face common regional threats and of course have different views regarding some issues that should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations." Zarif added.

Heading a delegation, Zarif arrived in Istanbul Saturday to discuss regional matters after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Tehran earlier this month.  

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Reber | 19/3/2016
The Iranians calculated it very well, they knew Erdogan was itching to start a war so he could have his re-elections and also needed a war on terror to clamp down on the media and all other opponent's, so they gave PKK a push in the right direction. The Iranian regime has also supported the Kurds in Syria to a degree knowing very well it will set of panic in Ankara, and now they've come to collect. That means Turks and Kurds are dying for Iranian interest, not to mention the cost on Turkey economically. If Erdogan had half a brain he would relaunch the peace process and also take the Kurds in Syria under Turkeys wings to completely outmaneuver both Iran and Assad, he can break the Shia belt thus Irans back with such a simple move.
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Brzoo Kurdi | 19/3/2016
a common viewpoint? What common viewpoint? to kill innocent Kurds? we must not trust Turks and Arab and the lunatics in Iran who dress and talk like Arab . if they could ,they would commit another genocide ,like the one against the Armenian .
NE MUTLU KÜRDÜM DIYENE | 19/3/2016
TO LATE, YOU HAVE MESED UP BYSELF AND TO LATE TO GO BACK. SYRIAN KURDISTAN ITS REALITY NOW AND BACKED UP BY USA AND RUSSIA
A concern Kurs | 20/3/2016
WOW, do this people have any idea what federalism is? So, Canada and US do not have any territorial integrity because they are in federalism configuration? Some education is in order for Iranian FM
Respect | 20/3/2016
Iranian territory must be respected said Iranian FM. But they don't respect other territory. What a hypocrite Iranians are.
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