Any ground operation in Syria may affect the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, due in Sochi on January 29-30, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters in a comment on Turkey’s operation in Syria’s Afrin, TASS reported.
"Any ground operation either positively or negatively may affect the Congress," he said. "We hope the guarantor countries will undertake measures to avoid it."
Earlier on Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the republic's Armed Forces had "actively" begun an operation in Syria's Afrin. "An anti-terrorist operation in Afrin has actively begun," the Anadolu agency quoted the president as saying. "Manbij to follow," Erdogan added.