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Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey discuss terror fight, Syria developments

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu pose for a photo in the Dolmabahce Office in Istanbul, March 19, 2021. (Via AFP)

Foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey have exchanged views about the latest developments in Syria and the joint fight against terror in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Istanbul on an official day-long visit, met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday.

The diplomats discussed mutual relations in the political arena and the date and agenda of a joint economic committee as well as ways to boost trade.

In a press release on Friday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry announced Zarif’s plan to visit the country to discuss “bilateral relations between Turkey and Iran, as well as current regional and international issues.”

At the end of his visit, Zarif said he had a “productive trip” to Istanbul and held “constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues” with his Turkish counterpart.

Productive trip to wonderful Istanbul for talks with my brother, FM @MevlutCavusoglu.

As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues.

Ultimate aim: Apply #Iran and #Turkey's experience of 400 yrs of peace to our region.

Together, anything is possible.

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 19, 2021

In a post on his official Twitter account, the Iranian foreign minister said the final purpose of the two countries is to apply the “experience of 400 yrs of peace to our region.”

In a February phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said unity among the countries that have been targeted by US sanctions is the only way to counter “unilateral and illegal” measures taken by Washington.

Rouhani announced Tehran's support for Ankara in the face of US sanctions and said, “The only way to counteract the illegal and unilateral measures taken by the United States is unity and empathy among countries that have been sanctioned” by Washington.

The Iranian president also stressed the importance of dialog and peaceful approaches to settle differences in Syria.

Since January 2017, Moscow, Tehran, and Ankara have been mediating peace negotiations between representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups in a series of talks held in the Kazakh capital Astana (now named Nur-Sultan) and other places, including the Russian resort city of Sochi.

The talks are collectively referred to as the Astana peace process.

The first round of the Astana talks began a month after the three states joined efforts and brought about the countrywide ceasefire in Syria and assumed the role of the guarantors of the truce.

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