September 18, 2018 / 6:29 AM / 3 months ago

Iran foreign minister says diplomacy averted war in Syria's Idlib

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media in Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18, 2017. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

ANKARA (Reuters) - Diplomacy between Iran, Turkey and Russia has succeeded in averting war in Idlib in northwest Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday.

“Intensive responsible diplomacy over the last few weeks-pursued in my visits to Ankara & Damascus, followed by the Iran-Russia-Turkey Summit in Tehran and the meeting (in) Sochi-is succeeding to avert war in #Idlib with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror. Diplomacy works,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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