At a summit regarding the future of Syria, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed Israel, accusing it of making the situation in the Arab country worse by intervening. “The Israelis don’t respect Syria’s sovereignty,” he added.

Rouhani in Ankara, today

Rouhani in Ankara, today Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss the future of Syria. At the three-way summit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Israel’s actions have made the crisis in the Arab nation worse. “The intervention by the Zionist forces have contributed to the deterioration of the situation,” he stated. “The Israelis don’t respect Syria’s sovereignty. [They] bomb its territory and support terrorists.”

Rouhani also stressed that the conflict in Syria cannot be resolved by the use of military force. According to the Iranian leader, the crisis can only be resolved through direct talks.

In a joint statement, the three leaders said that they are committed to protecting Syria’s sovereignty and that they will oppose any acts that endanger it.

Ahead of the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that ISIS has been entirely defeated in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported. However, Putin emphasized that the terrorist group may still attack different regions around the world.

As reported earlier by JOL, Putin arrived in Turkey yesterday for the groundbreaking ceremony of Turkey’s first nuclear power station, which will be built with the help of Moscow. The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is slated to begin working in 2023.

The ceremony was also attended by Putin’s Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the ceremony, Putin said that the power plant project will be a symbol of the strong Turkish-Russian relationship once completed, according to the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper. Erdogan also spoke at the ceremony, saying that the plant will eventually cover 10 percent of the country’s electricity needs.