Turkey claims to have killed almost 1000 terrorists in Afrin last month

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara Turkey

For his part, President Rouhani underlined the need for fighting against terror and foiling plots by foreign powers to divide the region.

"Preserving countries' independence and maintaining geographical borders will lead to promotion of security in the region, and we should make efforts and take measures in a way that no country feels threatened by its neighbors", he added.

On Monday, Iran urged Turkey to halt the Afrin operation, saying it breached Syrian sovereignty and would increase tension.

"If the region is to have peace, terrorism in Syria should be eradicated".

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Washington is seeking to disintegrate Syria, adding that Tehran will firmly stand against the plot. But along with Iran they have sponsored a series of meetings - held mainly in Kazakhstan, but most recently in Sochi, Russia, in late January - that they say are aimed at ending the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the current situation in northwestern Syria and tentatively agreed to a trilateral summit with Iran to be held in Istanbul, according to news reports on Thursday.

The three countries, now in the throes of the Syrian civil war as President Bashar al-Assad's backers, held a meeting late last year and a peace conference earlier this year in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

Bilgic said Turkey has informed worldwide organizations, including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United Nations, as well as its neighbors about the operation.

Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for worldwide affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that his country will help the Syrian people and their allies foil Washington's plots to disintegrate Syria and create a Kurdish state on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates.

During the meeting, Rouhani also warned about bids by the U.S. and the Israeli regime to prolong tensions in the region.

For his part, Cavusoglu blamed the USA for hatching new plots in the region to undermine the growing ties between Ankara and Tehran, calling for close cooperation to thwart those schemes. He again called the Turkish offensive in Afrin and intended operation in Manbij as a distraction from the fight against Daesh.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3rd-L) and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (3rd -R) attend a meeting in Tehran on February 7, 2018.

In Turkey, Tillerson will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss "a range of bilateral and regional issues", said the US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement.

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