Turkish Foreign Minister Warns Iran Over Syria Truce Violations

Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a news conference after talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, December 20, 2016. Maxim Shemetov/REUTERS

Turkey's foreign minister has called on Iran to exert pressure on Shi'ite-backed militias and the Syrian government to stop violating a ceasefire in Syria.

Mevlut Cavusoglu warned it was putting planned peace talks in peril.

Turkey is working with Russia on the question of sanctions for those who violate the ceasefire deal, which was brokered by Ankara and Moscow, Cavusoglu said in a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

He warned that peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in the Kazakh capital, Astana, could fail if increased ceasefire violations are not halted.