Rouhani: Iran attaches high importance to territorial integrity of Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 22
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described the trilateral summits scheduled to take place on Wednesday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi as “very important”.
“Today a very important meeting will be held in Russia’s Sochi in the level of presidents of the three countries of Iran, Russia and Turkey,” Rouhani told reporters ahead of his departure to Russia on Nov. 22.
He touched upon the victory of “Muslim fighters” in fight against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS aka ISIS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, adding that this does not mean that the issue of terrorism is resolved in the region but their pillars have collapsed.
“They do not have territories anymore, to claim that they are capable of creating a state. They will exist in the region in the forms of small terrorist groups for a while,” Rouhani said.
Iran's president expressed hope that the trilateral summit and its declaration would pave the ground for a better fate for Syria, adding that the foreign forces and superpowers will not decide on the fate of Syria as the Syrian people must decide their own future.
“Territorial integrity, national sovereignty and the independence of Syria is of high importance for Iran. In the meantime, the issues of the reconstruction of the country and the return of refugees are very important,” said Rouhani.
“From the outset, the Islamic Republic said that terrorism, the plans on changing the borders of the countries and the meddling of superpowers like the US will not get any result in the region… Iran is not after tension in the region. Iran wants stability in the region and it is not looking for confrontation with any other country,” noted Iran's president.
Iranian, Russian and Turkish Presidents Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to discuss the Syria issue today in Sochi.