Iran, Turkey urge end to violence in Iraq, Syria

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Iran and Turkey discuss the crisis in Syria and the ongoing clashes in western Iraq, calling for an end to violence in the neighboring Arab countries, Press TV reported.

Tehran is working with Turkey to resolve their differences over Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Saturday, stressing that any solution to the prolonged crisis in the country must be peaceful.

"Other countries should help the people of Syria reach a consensus and end the violence in Syria," Zarif told a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul.

Davutoglu also called for a ceasefire in Syria and expressed hope that the long-awaited international conference on Syria, known as the Geneva-2 talks, will bring peace to the war-torn country.

Earlier, the two sides discussed regional developments and bilateral relations.

They also raised the issue of Iraq, voicing concern over a flare-up of violence in the country's western province of Anbar where security forces have been battling al-Qaeda-linked militants over the past days.

Zarif expressed hope that the Iraqi government will pave the way for the upcoming parliamentary elections and establish a government that would ensure peace in the country.

He described Iran and Turkey as key players in the Middle East, insisting that bilateral relations between the two neighbors must not be affected foreign intervention.

Zarif said many bilateral agreements will be finalized during Iranian President's visit to Turkey.

Earlier in the day, Zarif sat down with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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