Turkish-backed militants near Mount Barsaya (Courtesy: Reuters / Khalil Ashawi)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Turkey has rejected Iran’s recent request to hand the Afrin region over to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Rudaw News reported on Thursday.

According to Rudaw’s report, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani issued the request to the Turkish regime during this week’s meeting.

“Mr Rouhani brought up this subject in the first section of the meeting, but our position is very clear on the subject: Our objective is to first provide security in Afrin along with local fighters. We have previously pointed this out,” Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said during a press conference on Thursday.

“We do not want to lift a threat and face a new one there,” Kalin continued.

Kalin then suggested that Afrin be governed by locals, despite the fact that thousands of residents were forced to flee the region.

“Now local forces such as [Free] Syrian Army and Afrin Kurds, tribes and others, especially National Intelligence Agency (MIT) … We will continue remaining in Afrin,” he added.

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Nestor Arapa

Totalmente de acuerdo con el gobierno de Irán, si Erdogan quiere cooperar con lucha contra el terrorismo que demuestre entregando los territorios ocupados.
Pero Rusia no dice nada… por qué está calladito?