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Solidarity With Ankara Reaffirmed 

 Solidarity With Ankara Reaffirmed  Solidarity With Ankara Reaffirmed 

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara on Friday to reaffirm Iran's support for the Turkish government after it survived a military coup last month.

"I would like to congratulate Turkey's people and thank them for their resistance against the coup plotters, which has brought honor to the people in the region," Zarif told a joint press conference after the meeting.

"They showed that people in this region do not allow coup d'état and use of force to eliminate democracy and people's rights. I'd like to pay a visit to Turkey's Parliament … to convey a message of solidarity with Turkey's people and lawmakers on behalf of the Iranian people."

Cavusoglu said he discussed the Syria issue with Zarif.

"We share a common view on Syria's territorial integrity. We have had some differences, but despite these differences we will continue our talks. We believe Iran can play a positive role in helping establish a stable ceasefire in Syria," he said.

Iran, along with Russia, is allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who has been fighting in the past five years against a patchwork of armed rebel groups, which enjoy the backing of Turkey and his regional and western allies.

Hours after the coup broke out on July 16, Zarif posted a message on his twitter account, expressing deep concern about the crisis in the neighboring country.

He later praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's supporters who took to the streets to oppose the military move.

"The Turkish people's brave defense of democracy and their elected government proves that coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail," he said.

The top Iranian diplomat was to meet Erdogan later in the day. 

Financialtribune.com