Russian Federation to Contain Iranian-Turkish Dispute in Syria

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The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed on Thursday to meet in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria, a Turkish presidential source said.

There have been no reports on the date of the presidents' meeting.

Moreover, in today's meeting, Iran's president stressed the necessity of fighting against terrorism in Syria, adding "unfortunately, today some [states] want to redraw the geographical boundaries in the region, and after the failure in northern Iraq, they have designed another plot in northern Syria".

On the Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin, he said it was temporary and only against terrorists in that region.

"The coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression", a coalition spokesman said.

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A large contingent of security personnel secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. The suicide bomber struck Saturday evening while the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty.

The operation will continue until all terrorist elements are cleared from the region, Bilgic told the journalists.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Washington is seeking to disintegrate Syria, adding that Tehran will firmly stand against the plot.

Touching on the Russian-brokered initiative of Sochi peace talks held late last month, Rouhani said the congress was an important step towards settling regional problems.

The Syrian Congress of National Dialog was held in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 29 and 30, with delegates from the Syrian government and opposition in attendance.

Russian Federation on Wednesday warned both the Turkish and Iranian sides about the need to bypass their disputes sparked by Ankara's ongoing "Operation Olive Branch" in the northern Syrian district of Afrin.

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