Humanitarian Catastrophe in Eastern Ghouta Must be Prevented: Iran

The Iranian president says efforts have to be concentrated on implementing a sustainable ceasefire in Syria and preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in the country's Eastern Ghouta region.

President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks during a Wednesday phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Press TV.

"We have to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe from taking place in Eastern Ghouta. Tehran and Ankara must shoulder heavy responsibility of saving the people of Syria, especially those in Eastern Ghouta," said Rouhani.

 The Iranian president further called on Turkey to use its influence to prevent terrorists from launching mortar attacks on Damascus, while adding that attacking a country's capital is a grave issue for any government.

He added that if such attacks by the terrorists are halted, "it can be asked of other parties to halt their operations too."