Iran says ‘no military solution’ for Syria in talks with Russia, Turkey

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Reuters)

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there is “no military solution” for Syria on Wednesday during a video conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the war-torn country.

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“The Islamic republic believes the only solution to the Syrian crisis is political and not a military solution,” Rouhani said in a televised opening address.

“We continue to support the inter-Syrian dialogue and underline our determination to fight the terrorism of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the ISIS group), al-Qaeda and other related groups.”

“I emphasize that the fight against terrorism will continue until it is completely eradicated in Syria and the region in general,” he added.

Rouhani made the remarks in a video conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After delivering opening statements, the three presidents are expected to discuss Syria in private.

The talks are the first since September in the so-called Astana format, in which the three powers discuss developments in Syria, where the conflict has entered its 10th year.

Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed opposition fighters.

The conflict has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions.

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