Rouhani: Iran, Turkey Must Work together to Uproot Terrorism
Iranian President Sheikh Hasan Rouhani called on Ankara to work along with Tehran to root out the threat of extremism in the region.
Official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday that made a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday night.
The two countries “should achieve a joint plan and a practical solution, with each other’s help, for uprooting terrorism in the region,” Rouhani told Erdogan.
Rouhani during a phone call”A consolidation and expansion of ties between Tehran and Ankara is of paramount importance to us,” he said.
Rouhani also suggested Turkey should “coordinate” attacks with both Syrian and Iraqi governments.
“Any operation against terrorism necessitates the coordination with the countries’ central governments,” he said.
Erdogan for his part called for more collaboration in the fight against ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant).
“Daesh is part of Al-Qaeda and the continuation of the operation of this terrorist group is dangerous for the Islamic world,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.
“Cooperation between Iran and Turkey in fighting the terrorist groups is of huge importance,” the Turkish president added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foriegn Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said Anakra will soon start combating militants of the Takfiri group, ISIL inside Syria.
Ankara has been reluctant to step up fight against ISIL. Media reports repeatedly said that Ankara has been aiding ISIL terrorists against the Kurdish fighters and against the Syrian government.
However, deadly attacks blamed on ISIL recently rocked Turkey, prompting Ankara to allegedly step the fight against the Takfri group.