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Khalil Mashhadiyah

Syrian MP: “Turkey’s Attack Aimed at Imposing Buffer Zone on Syria”

(Fars News, 24/2/2015) ~ A senior Syrian legislator underlined that Turkey’s recent aggression against the Syrian territory is part of a plot to create a buffer zone, specially in the Northern parts of Aleppo, to help the Takfiri terrorists.

“Turkey’s aggression against the Syrian territory is within the framework of joint efforts with Israel to create a buffer zone, specially in North of Aleppo, to delay the Syrian army’s operations and this shows Turkey’s clear support for the Takfiris,” Khalil Mashhadiyah told FNA on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Turkey mounted a military operation to allegedly extract about 40 soldiers who had been guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire on a site internationally recognized as Syrian territory, while Ankara claims to have sovereignty over the site.

“The aggression proved the big collaboration of the two criminal regimes of Ankara and Tel Aviv with the Takfiri groups which is done at the demand of the western governments to annihilate Syria and implement the Zionist-US plots in the region,” Mashhadiya said.

He, meantime, underlined that the aggression will have no impact on the political process for finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that the Syrian army will continue its fight against the Takfiri terrorists more powerfully than before.

Syria has warned Ankara that the operation was a violation of an agreement signed in 1921.

The Syrian government said that the Turkish incursion into Northern Syria was an act of “flagrant aggression” and that it would hold Ankara responsible for its repercussions.

In a statement read out on state TV, Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about the operation, but had not waited for Syria’s agreement.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian deplored Turkey’s incursion into Northern Syria as an “unjustifiable action” complicating the situation in the crisis-hit country.

“The military operation of a neighboring country (Turkey) in Syria has no justification,” Amir Abdollahian told FNA.

“The military intervention of the neighboring countries in Syria will make the situation more complicated and it has no consequence other than making the region more insecure,” he added.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister further warned against an instrumental use of terrorist groups, stressing that making use of irresponsible armed groups was a vicious circle that strengthens terrorism and makes the regional countries insecure.

Turkey-aggression

Expert Sees Turkey’s Sunday Attack as Response to Syrian Army Advances in Aleppo

(Fars News, 24/2/2015) ~ Turkey’s Sunday aggression against the Syrian territory took place in reaction to the Damascus’s recent advances in Aleppo and after Ankara’s failure to create a buffer zone to help the ISIL terrorists, a Syrian expert said.

“The Turkish government intends to take action in response to the Syrian army’s siege of the city of Aleppo and also siege of the two towns of Nabl and Al-Azahra in the Northwestern parts of Aleppo city,” Syrian political expert Ali Maqssoud told FNA on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Turkey mounted a military operation to allegedly extract about 40 soldiers who had been guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire on a site internationally recognized as Syrian territory, while Ankara claims to have sovereignty over the site.

“Turkey’s aggression against the Syrian territory is in reaction to the Syrian army’s advances in Aleppo city and Ankara’s failure to create a buffer zone in the Northern parts of Aleppo,” Maqssoud said.

He noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to move the tomb of Suleyman Shah from Syria are aimed at improving his image among the people in Turkey, specially after he lost his popularity due to his support for the ISIL.

“Turkey claims that it is supporting the creation of a buffer zone in Northern Syria to help the Syrian refugees who have fled the ISIL, but evidence shows that Turkey’s diplomacy on Syria is not humanitarian at all, specially considering Ankara’s extensive supports for the ISIL.

Syria has warned Ankara that the operation was a violation of an agreement signed in 1921.

The Syrian government said that the Turkish incursion into Northern Syria was an act of “flagrant aggression” and that it would hold Ankara responsible for its repercussions.

In a statement read out on state TV, Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about the operation, but had not waited for Syria’s agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran: Turkish Invasion of Syria Could Endanger Entire Region

(Fars News, 24/2/2015) ~ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned against any kind of aggression against the regional countries, saying that such moves could pose a major threat to the security of the entire region.

“In our view respecting territorial integrity and not using force in international relations is a fundamental and rigid principle in the international law and disrespecting this principle could be of no help to the establishment of security in the region; we ask all the neighboring and regional countries to seriously and accurately consider this important principle because deviating from this path could pose a serious danger to the region,” Zarif said when asked by reporters during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Jafari in Baghdad on Tuesday to comment on the recent Turkish aggression against Syria.

Elsewhere, the Iranian foreign minister reminded that Iran was the first country to rush to Iraq’s aid when the neighboring state came under attack by the terrorists, and said Tehran will continue to accompany the Iraqi government and nation in their fight against the terrorists.

Meantime, Zarif stressed that Iraq should play the central role in the fight against Takfiri terrorists, reiterating that foreign aid to the war against ISIL in Iraq should be extended and coordinated through Baghdad.

Also speaking at the same press conference, the Iraqi foreign minister said that certain states are unfortunately rendering blatant support for terrorism against Iraq.

Jafari underlined that the Baghdad government would not allow any country to undermine Iraq’s sovereignty either directly or indirectly.

The Iraqi foreign minister further stressed that Iraq is capable of coordinating military operations against ISIL, and called for collective efforts in the war on ISIL.

Jafari said in implied reference to the US-led coalition that his country welcomes foreign logistic, security and military backup, “but no foreign country will be allowed to interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs”.

The Iraqi foreign minister said that his country is trying to establish friendly relations with its neighbors, and said that during his meeting with Zarif they discussed lifting diplomatic and service visa requirements.

Jafari reminded that the ISIL is the common enemy of all the regional countries, and said, “The presence of the ISIL has caused Iraq and the regional countries to develop common interests.”

Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to discuss new avenues for enhancing all-out ties between the two Muslim neighboring states.

Upon his arrival in Baghdad International Airport earlier today, Zarif underlined the highly special, profound and extensive relations between Tehran and Baghdad and the necessity for continued talks between the two countries’ officials.

“We enjoy very special, deep and extensive relations and are therefore in vital need for exchanging political views,” Zarif said.

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum recently thanked Iran for helping Iraq in its fight against the ISIL, and expressed the hope that the two countries’ relations would further expand in future.

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