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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Iranian, Syrian FMs condemns PKK terrorist attacks on Turkey
DAMASCUS (IRNA) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki and his Syrian counterpart Walid Mouallem on Monday condemned terrorist operations of Turkish Workers Party (PKK) against Turkey from northern Iraq.
Mottaki arrived here earlier in the day heading a delegation to discuss issues of mutual interest with senior Syrian officials.
The two foreign ministers called for international cooperation to avert terrorist threats to Turkey.
""Iran condemns use of northern Iraqi territory as a launchpad for terrorist operations against Turkey and is fully prepared to combat terrorism at any place,"" Mottaki said.
Mouallem said that Syria advocates international campaign against terrorism and condemns cross-border terrorist operations against Turkey.
Mottaki and Mouallem discussed bilateral, regional and international issues including Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.
He said that Iran and Syria have taken great strides to use the enormous capacity of the two countries for economic cooperation.
Mottaki said that the high committee on Tehran-Damascus relations is scheduled to convene by the year-end, adding that the projects on piping Iranian gas to Turkey and Syria are examples of Iranian companies' involvement in carrying out joint projects.
He expressed pleasure with multi-lateral cooperation with Syria in building refinery, citing an agreement of Iranian, Syrian, Malaysian and Venezuelan companies to build a refinery in Syria.
The final agreement on building a refinery in Damascus will be signed on Tuesday.
Mouallem said that both Iran and Syria share common views on Lebanon's political crisis, calling for consensus of the Lebanese political parties to resolve the dispute over presidential election.
""Only a Lebanese plan will work for settlement of the issue,"" Mouallem said.
Mottaki also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Iran-Syria common views would help resolve regional issues and restore durable peace to the Middle East region, Mottaki stated after his meeting with Syrian President.
The two sides' common views also help restore peace to the region, Mottaki underlined.
Calling his meeting with the Syrian president as very good, he said during the meeting the two sides reviewed regional developments, the visit of the Syrian president to Turkey, Caspian Sea littoral states summit in Tehran, developments in northern Iraq, upcoming conference on Iraq's neighboring states in Istanbul as well as current developments in Lebanon and Palestine.