US interference in Syria should be stopped immediately: Iran president

Tehran, Sept 7, IRNA – Iranian president on Friday urged the US to end its interference in Syria, noting that the region's crisis should be resolved through inter-Syrian talks.

US' illegal interference in Syria, which has led to continuation of unrest in the region, should be immediately stopped, President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran's trilateral summit on Syria.

The US interference in Syria is not consistent with any of the international rules and regulations and challenges sustainable peace in the region, Rouhani added.

He referred to the current unrest in Libya after ouster of the country's government through direct foreign intervention and noted that attempts made by the UN and the guarantors of peace in Syrian including Iran, Turkey and Russia can bring peace to the region.

After seven years of crisis in Syria, most players in the region believe that the crisis should be resolved through peaceful ways, Iranian president said.

He lauded the Astana peace process role in improvement of situation in Syria and noted that cooperation with the legal government in Damascus is the best way to prevent the spread of terrorism and separatism in the region.

The Iranian president said that fighting terrorism in Idlib in northwestern Syria is inevitable, noting that reaching sustainable peace is not possible without combating terrorism.

Iran is in Syria at the request of the country's legal government and would support the Syrian nation's desire, he added.

Tehran's trilateral summit on Syria kicked off on Friday evening with the presence of Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents.

Iranian president, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are to discuss Syria crisis in the meeting.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents held mutual talks.

Russian and Turkish presidents arrived in Iran on Tuesday afternoon to attend a trilateral meeting with Iranian president to discuss the Syria crisis.

Rouhani, Putin and Erdogan are to attend a meeting on Friday evening for exchange of views on fighting terrorism and establishing security in Syria.

Tehran summit is held while the Syrian army is preparing to liberate the last major stronghold of terrorist groups in Idlib in northwestern Syria.

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