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    EXCLUSIVE: Ankara Praises Crucial Roles of Moscow, Tehran in Syria Peace Process

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    Moscow and Tehran are playing indispensable roles in resolving the Syrian conflict, the Turkish top diplomat underscored in an exclusive interview with Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Achieving a lasting resolution of the crisis in Syria without Russia and Iran would be impossible, Ankara will cooperate with them on these issues, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Sputnik.

    "We have repeatedly stated, even in the period of crisis in our relations, that it would be impossible to achieve a lasting resolution in Syria without Russia’s participation. We continue to insist on this. The same can be said about Iran, with which we are negotiating at the moment as well and aim to strengthen cooperation in this sphere," Cavusoglu said.

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    The minister expressed confidence that the Syrian issue would be resolved through cooperation.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force across Syria on February 27. It does not apply to terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia.

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