Bahram Qasemi

Turkey Urged Not to Complicate Syria Crisis Resolution

Iran says unconstructive remarks by Turkish officials regarding Syrian developments on the ground will complicate the situation in the Arab country.
"Unconstructive remarks by Turkish officials will only further complicate the current situation and add to problems in the way of [finding] a political solution to the Syrian crisis," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
In a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Iran to exert pressure on Hezbollah fighters and the Syrian government to stop the alleged ceasefire violations in Syria, which he said were jeopardizing the peace talks planned in the Kazakh capital Astana.
In reaction to the remarks, Qasemi said Iran, as a partner to a trilateral mechanism agreed by Tehran, Ankara and Moscow last month, stresses the implementation of the agreements and expects Turkey not to adopt stances that run counter to its commitments and facts on the ground in Syria.
The Iranian official noted that militants in Syria have committed numerous ceasefire violations.
Qasemi said Turkish officials need to adopt measures to deal with ceasefire violations committed by the militants if they seek a lasting truce in Syria and intend to contribute to the upcoming peace talks.
He said Iran would continue to employ all means to help the ceasefire and facilitate a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.
The nationwide ceasefire deal between the militants and the Syrian government, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey, came into force last week.
The self-styled Islamic State and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist groups are not part of the truce.
Since it came into force, there have been multiple claims of violation by participating parties.
The planned peace talks in Astana between the Syrian government and opposition are to be mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey.


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