America needs to end its military presence in Syria, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state TV on Friday at the beginning of a trilateral meeting focused on Syria with his Russian and Turkish counterparts.
"The illegal presence and interference of America in Syria which has led to the continuation of insecurity in that country must end quickly," Rouhani said.The leaders are scheduled to discuss the looming military assault on Idlib in northwestern Syria, the last major stronghold of active opposition to Syria President Bashar Assad's rule.
Rouhani also said the battle in Syria will continue until militants are pushed out of the whole country, especially in Idlib, but that any military operations should avoid harming civilians.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said the attack on Idlib would result in a disaster, fearing that millions would be moving towards the Turkish border. Turkey's capacity to shelter refugees has been reached, said Erdogan.
Erdogan too criticized the US, saying that Turkey is "extremely annoyed" by US supporting a terrorist organization in Syria.