In January, US President Donald Trump tweeted that creation of a buffer zone in northern Syria could protect Kurds and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from a hypothetical attack by Turkey.

Meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in Tehran on Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei specifically warned Washington again creating a buffer zone in Syria, the Iranian news agency Press TV reports.

“The issue of the buffer zone, which Americans seek to establish in Syria, is among those dangerous plots that must be categorically rejected and stood against”, Khamenei stressed.

He reiterated Tehran’s support for Damascus, noting that the resistance of the Syrian president and people as the main reason for “the defeat of the United States and its regional mercenaries”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers supporting the Syrian government and people as helping [Syria’s] resistance movement and takes pride in it from the bottom of its heart,” Khamenei said.

His remarks came after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Sputnik that Ankara continues to coordinate the details of the prospective safe zone on the border with Syria with Russia, the US and Iran.

“We’re working on it. We haven’t decided yet on its size. We’re working with Russia, with the US, and with our partners in Astana. Our technical teams met several times. We appreciate that Russia understands Turkey’s security concerns, as a partner and ally,” he said.

In January, US President Donald Trump claimed on his Twitter page that creation of a 30-kilometre buffer zone in northern Syria could protect the Kurds and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from an alleged attack by Turkey.

The SDF leadership is spearheaded by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, an arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party. The party has been blacklisted by Ankara as a terrorist organisation.

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