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Turkey, Iran, Russia call for lasting ceasefire, territorial integrity in Syria

Ankara, April 4 (RHC) -- The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday called for a "lasting ceasefire" in Syria and expressed their commitment to the territorial integrity of the war-torn country during a trilateral summit in capital Ankara.

"As guarantor countries, we have a common understanding for Syria's territorial integrity and rebuilding," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint press conference following the trilateral summit.

"The main aim of tripartite summit is to rebuild a Syria where peace prevails," he added.

Erdogan endorsed the importance of Syria's territorial integrity and underlined Turkey had to take military action against Kurdish militia in Syria over security threats posed to its borders.

The Turkish president expressed Ankara's readiness to take action in the northern Syrian city of Tal Rifaat along with Russia and Iran to build a peaceful environment for its residents.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that main objectives for Syria should be the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also reiterated Syria's territorial integrity and sovereignty and warned against provocations to fuel up ethnical and sectarian clashes.

A trilateral summit on Syria was held on Wednesday in the capital Ankara with the participation of Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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