Iran, Turkey stress consultation on Syria

Iran, Turkey stress consultation on Syria
Tue Feb 12, 2013 20:05:35

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has highlighted the effective role the Islamic Republic and Turkey can play in restoring calm to Syria, calling for regular consultation between the two neighbors.

The Iranian Speaker made the call on Tuesday during a meeting with Turkey's Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek on the sidelines of the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) in Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
“Iran and Turkey can have a calming role in Syria; particularly in the existing atmosphere, the Zionist regime is taking advantage of the developments in Syria,” Larijani said.
“We agree with political reforms in Syria but democracy cannot be established with guns and bayonets,” Larijani added.
Cicek, for his part, said Iran and Turkey enjoy deeply- rooted relations, adding that these relations will also be to the benefit of regional countries.
Referring to the Muslim countries in the region, Cicek said that foreign countries take advantage of the developments in these states and disturb the region’s stability.
The Turkish official also said Ankara defends Syria’s territorial integrity, warning that if the conflict in the Arab country does not come to an end, separatist groups would exploit the situation and cause problems for other states.

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