IRAN has urged Turkey to stop its military offensive against Kurds in a northern region of Syria, claiming Ankara’s actions have breached the war-ravaged country’s sovereignty and helped to increase instability.
Last month Turkey launched the ‘Operation Olive Branch’ air and ground campaign against the Kurdish YPG militia in the northern region of Afrin.
Bahrain Qasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, said: “Turkey should stop its operation and respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Turkey’s actions can bring back insecurity, instability and terrorism to Syria.”
Mr Qasemi said any solution to the crisis should be discussed in talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, that are sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
He said Iran is in continuous talks with both Turkey and Russia about the latest developments in Syria.
Russia and Iran both back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey supports those fighting against the dictator who is accused of killing his own people.
Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG, which is backed by the US, to be a terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The PKK has fought an insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast since 1984.
The Syrian government has called the offensive in Afrin an illegal “aggression”.