TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the future of Syria belongs to the Arab country’s nation, stressing that no one else is allowed to make decisions about it.
No country has the right to decide on the future of Syria that belongs to the Syrian people, Rouhani told reporters in Ankara on Wednesday after a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey.
Maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity, national sovereignty and unity and independence should be appreciated by everyone as a major demand of the Syrian people, he added.
“In view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, … Syria (crisis) has no military solution and should be resolved politically. We should all help to bring the war to an end.”
Rouhani went on to say that it would be a great celebration day for the region when the war in Syria ends, terrorists leave the region, Syrian refugees return home and the Syrian people can determine their fate and future in a free election.
The Iranian president further hailed the efforts made by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the path of fighting terrorism and establishing ceasefires in Syria, including through the Astana peace talks and the trilateral summits in Sochi and Anakara.
Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in their meeting on Wednesday reaffirmed their determination to continue active cooperation on Syria for the achievement of lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties.
The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey, whose countries act as guarantors of the Syria ceasefire, also reaffirmed their determination to continue their cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate Daesh, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, and entities associated with al-Qaeda or Daesh as identified by the UN Security Council and underscored the success of their collective efforts in the fight against international terrorism.
It was the second such tripartite summit after the first was hosted by Putin in November in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
As the three countries launched Syria peace talks in Astana, they held a series of summits in Sochi to bring together the conflicting parties in Syria.
Within the framework of these efforts, they agreed in Astana to establish de-escalation zones in the Arab country's northern province of Idlib and parts of neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. Under the Astana agreement, Turkey is to gradually establish 12 observation points from Idlib's north to south to monitor and sustain the current cease-fire agreement for the de-escalation zones, deliver humanitarian aid and ensure the secure return of displaced people.
The leaders of the three countries have been stressing that the de-escalation zones deal has been successful in ending clashes in various locations. However, a countrywide cease-fire to end the armed conflicts has not been achieved so far.