September 16, 2019 / 4:58 PM / a month ago

Iran's Rouhani says diplomacy only solution to end Syria's crisis

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pose for a picture during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey September 16, 2019. Sputnik/Valery Melnikov/Kremlin via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that diplomacy, not a military approach, was the solution to end the crisis in Syria after a meeting his Turkish and Russian counterparts to discuss securing a lasting truce in the country.

“We need to pave the ground for a return of security to Syria ... diplomacy and not confrontation can secure peace in Syria ... The immediate withdrawal of American troops is necessary for establishing peace in Syria,” said Rouhani.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Rouhani have backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the rebels. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, along with the United States, European and Arab allies, has supported different rebel factions in the conflict.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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