Iranian state TV runs fake news about Turkey's Afrin op

Turkish Russian Iranian leaders to meet in Istanbul

Turkish Russian Iranian leaders to meet in Istanbul

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed on Thursday to meet in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria, a Turkish presidential source said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Tehran for an official visit on Wednesday and before meeting Iran's president, he met and talked with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Rouhani also underlined the need for fighting terrorism and reinforcing regional stability and security.

Turkey carried out airstrikes on the city of Afrin in northern Syria on Thursday night, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed opposition to any move that will lead to a change in geographical borders of countries, saying no state in the region should feel threatened by its neighbors.

Russian Federation has also voiced concern about the Turkish military operation in Afrin.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.

Russian Federation on Wednesday warned both the Turkish and Iranian sides about the need to bypass their disputes sparked by Ankara's ongoing "Operation Olive Branch" in the northern Syrian district of Afrin.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, the military said.

"We believe that we should stand up to plots that aim to undermine the territorial integrity of regional countries, " Cavusoglu was quoted as saying.

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