Iran Urges Turkey To Respect Sovereignty Of Syria

Russia, Iran to improve Astana model for promoting Syrian peace process

The Iranian president met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Tehran on Wednesday.

- The United States and its European allies should ensure the 2015 nuclear deal is a success before demanding to negotiate on other issues such as Tehran's regional activities or ballistic missile program, Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, February 8, according to IRNA.

Rouhani called for further promotion of economic relations and said immediate use of national currencies of Iran and Turkey in their economic exchanges could speed up the expansion process.

Turkey's NTV broadcaster also reported a source in the Turkish presidential administration as saying that Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin had agreed to hold the second summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria in Istanbul.

"The presidents praised the effective cooperation between Russia, Iran and Turkey within the Astana format and expressed readiness to continue working to further improve this format and to add new concrete issues to its agenda", a Kremlin statement said.

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Chavushoglu, for his part, evaluated the two countries' relations as positive, calling for efforts to enhance trade and economic cooperation and facilitate banking relations.

The Iranian president also touched on the recent Syria peace talks in the Russian city of Sochi, saying the congress was an important step towards settling regional problems.

"We believe that we should withstand plots aimed at disturbing regional states" territorial integrity, ' he said.

"They pointed out that the decisions taken in Sochi are created to boost a political settlement in Syria based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and help normalize the situation in the region", the statement said.

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