Istanbul (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an increase in efforts to establish peace in Syria after meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday.
Turkey's Erdogan calls for renewed peace efforts in Syria
Their talks came a day after US President Donald Trump announced that he was ordering staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US military from Syria, declaring that the US has defeated ISIS.
"We must intensify our efforts to establish peace in Syria that embraces all Syrians," Erdogan said at a joint press conference with Rouhani in Ankara.
"We have not and will not allow any organization that threatens the security and stability of our country or our region," Erdogan said. "Our will is steadfast in continuing and increasing our cooperation with Iran on this issue and to neutralize common targets together."
Rouhani said the relationship between the two countries was based on mutual interests. "Turkey and Iran are in agreement when it comes to preserving the territorial integrity of Syria," the Iranian President said.
Turkey is "deepening [its] cooperation with Iran," Erdogan said, as he reiterated that his country does not support the United States' sanctions on Iran.
The Syria pullout order, which surprised US allies in the region, came after a call last Friday between Trump and Erdogan.
A US departure from Syria could give Turkey an advantage in its efforts to pressure Kurdish rebels in Syria and to stop them from bolstering the Kurdish militant group PKK, which it views as a terrorist organization.
In another, possibly connected, development, the US on Tuesday approved the sale of a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey.