Alwaght-Turkey, Russia and Iran are cooperating to establish lasting truce in Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.
"We work together to ensure the ceasefire in Syria. We have a goal to make a lasting truce out of the temporary ceasefire," he said, commenting on the recent and forthcoming visits by the high-ranking Russian and Iranian military to Ankara.
Last week, Iranian Chief of the General Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri paid a visit to the Turkish capital city for talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The talks focused on issues of ensuring security at the border and anti-terror efforts. The sides agreed to exchange intelligence data.
In the meantime, Russian Chief General Staff Valery Gerasimov and US Defense Secretary James Mattis are expected to visit Ankara in the coming days.
Officials in Ankara say the talks are expected to center round de-escalation zones in Syria, threats coming from Al Nusra Front terrorist group, and the situation around the Syrian Kurds’ party Democratic Union. Ankara claims this political movement is seeking to establish a state in northern Syria. The Turkish authorities have been repeatedly saying they would spare no effort to prevent that from happening.
Iran, Russia and Turkey are guarantors of Astana talks aimed that bring together representatives from the Syrian government and opposition groups with the aim of finding a permanent solution to the country's crisis.
The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, with the government of President Bashar al Assad blaming some Western states and their regional allies of backing Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc in the country.