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US must swiftly end illegal presence, interference in Syria: Iran’s Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States must swiftly end its "illegal presence and interference" in Syria, which, he added, has led to the continuation of insecurity in the war-ravaged country.

The Iranian president made the remarks while addressing a key trilateral summit in Tehran on Friday focusing on Syria in the presence of his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively.

Rouhani raised six leading points in efforts to put an end to the seven-year crisis in Syria and said the international community is duty-bound to counter the Israeli regime's measures, particularly the continuation of its occupation of the Syrian land and its increasing moves against the Arab country's government and nation.

"In any political negotiations to end the Syrian crisis, Syria's territorial integrity and independence must be respected," the Iranian president stated.

He stressed the importance of continuing the fight against terrorism in Syria until the eradication of all terrorist groups in the country, particularly in the northwestern province of Idlib.

He said the international community must pay heed to the issues of the Syrian refugees' return to their homeland and the reconstruction of the war-stricken country, adding, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play its constructive role in this regard."

The Iranian president hailed "valuable efforts" made by Tehran, Ankara and Moscow to solve the Syria conflict and said the three sides need to further continue their cooperation to fully establish peace and stability in Damascus.

Source: Press TV


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