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Iran Parliament Speaker Cancels Istanbul Visit over Turkey’s Syria Offensive
By Staff, Agencies
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani cancelled his pre-planned trip to the Turkish city of Istanbul after Ankara announced the beginning of its military offensive against Kurds in northern Syria.
Larijani was scheduled to visit Istanbul at the official invitation of his Turkish counterpart to attend a parliamentary meeting on Thursday.
However, the trip was called off after the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, the Iranian parliament's official news agency ICANA reported on Wednesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier in the day that his country’s military forces and the Turkish-backed militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army [FSA] have launched a long-threatened offensive in northeastern Syria against Kurdish militants from the People's Protection Units [YPG] to push them away from border areas.
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