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The Iranian president further underlined the need for boosting trilateral ties among Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation and welcomed an upcoming meeting in Istanbul between the three countries' presidents on the Syria crisis.

"Unfortunately, following their failures in Iraq, some powers have turned to Syria with the aim of changing the geography of the region", he noted.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani discussed latest developments in Syria.

On the Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin, he said it was temporary and only against terrorists in that region.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Tehran on Wednesday.

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

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A statement put out by the Kremlin claimed Putin and Erdogan agreed to "strengthen coordination between the two countries' military and security services in Syria in the fight against terrorism".

Turkey on January 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

Cavusoglu visited Iran's capital Tehran on Wednesday for talks on bilateral and regional issues.

Rouhani expressed Iran's readiness to help Turkey with its concerns in Syria and to further cooperate with Ankara in resolving the regional problems.

Cavusoglu emphasized "we believe that we must stand against conspiracies that are aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of the countries of the region".

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