1230 GMT February 18, 2020
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday pointed to Tehran’s consultations with countries sponsoring the Astana talks, saying, “We will try to drive the terrorists out of Syria’s city of Idlib with minimum casualties.”
Referring to the tense situation in Idlib Province, Zarif told reporters on Tuesday, “We held talks with Turkish and Syrian officials” in order to minimize the possible casualties in the Syrian province.
He said that Iran will continue consultations with Turkey, Russia and Syria to prevent damages to the Syrian people in the last major enclave held by terrorists as Syrian forces are planning an operation to recapture the province from terrorists.
Zarif visited Damascus on Monday to discuss plans for an upcoming summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which Tehran will host on Sept. 7 to find ways to end the ongoing crisis in Syria.
During his visit, Zarif met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who asked Iran to continue its support, according to the Fars News Agency.
“All of Syrian territory must be preserved and all the sects and groups should start the round of reconstruction as one collective and the displaced should return to their families,” Zarif said in Syria.
Iran has also been helping Damascus in its fight against various factions of terrorists on its soil through providing government troops with advisory assistance, based on an invitation by the Syrian government, since foreign-backed militancy broke out in the Arab country in March 2011.