Iranian, Turkish top military brass underline restoring Gov’t rule over northern Syria

FNA- Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri announced that during his recent visit to Turkey an agreement was made to restore the Syrian government’s rule over the Northern parts of the country where the US forces have been deployed.

“Good agreements have been made on the full establishment of legal sovereignty of Syria (government) over different regions, specially in the North, where the American aggressors are present without taking permission from the legal government in Syria and the sovereignty of Syria should be restored there,” General Baqeri said in Tehran on Monday.

He added that good agreements have also been made to fight against terrorism at common borders and prevent the occasional trafficking of terrorists who stir insecurity.

General Baqeri expressed the hope that the chief of staff of the Turkish army would soon visit Iran to complete and conclude the negotiations in the form of final agreements.

General Baqeri started his three-day visit to Ankara last Tuesday at the head of a high-ranking politico-military delegation. He said his trip was aimed at discussing enhanced cooperation on military and regional issues.

Top Iranian and Turkish military chiefs in a meeting in Ankara on Tuesday discussed ways to improve the two countries’ security, particularly in border areas, and continue the fight against terrorism.

During the meeting, General Baqeri and his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in defense fields.

“As one of the important neighbors of Iran, Turkey enjoys a prominent status in the region and the Muslim world,” General Baqeri said.

He added that the two countries’ military officials had not exchanged such visits for a long time, but he decided to make the trip to Ankara in view of the current developments in the region, issues pertaining to bilateral security, and the need to continue the fight against terrorism.