Iranian FM to present report to Turkish President Erdogan about meeting with Syria’s Assad

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will submit a report to the Turkish President Erdogan about his meeting with Syria’s President Bashar Assad, Zarif said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday.

The two foreign ministers were speaking at a joint news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara following bilateral talks.

Zarif also said Iran acknowledges Turkey’s concerns about the PKK-linked People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

“We understand the concerns of Turkey about terrorist groups in Syria and we agree with them. The security and peace of the Turkish people are very important to us,” Zarif said.

Turkey will continue to explain to the U.S. that sanctions targeting Iran are wrong, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.

He said that Turkey conveys this message to U.S. officials in all platforms.

“Our ministers expressed Turkey’s concerns to U.S. counterparts in a recent meeting,” Çavuşoğlu said, in reference to Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan’s visit to Washington, where they met with top U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump.

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