News ID: 171091
Published: 0631 GMT October 28, 2016
Syria's readiness for resuming talks with opposition welcomed

Iran, Russia, Syria focus on ways to tackle terrorism

Iran, Russia, Syria focus on ways to tackle terrorism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hosted the foreign ministers of Syria and Iran in Moscow as the Syrian Army's siege of the terrorist-held districts of the city of Aleppo continues, AP reported.

Addressing a joint trilateral press conference following the talks, Iran and Russia backed the resumption of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition, Press TV reported.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the need for a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, adding that Tehran backs the resumption of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

The Iranian minister called for a ceasefire in Syria, joint battles against terror groups as well as efforts to facilitate aid delivery to Syrian civilians in besieged areas.

Lavrov also told the press conference that the political settlement in Syria should be achieved through dialogue according to the Security Council resolutions, welcoming Syria’s readiness to resume the stalled talks with the opposition.

Lavrov talked with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem before the three of them sat down for three-way talks on Friday.

'United front against terrorism'


Ahead of the meeting, Lavrov said the three nations are acting as a united front against terrorism, saying their talks are mainly focused on ways of seriously tackling terrorism, particularly in Syria.

Lavrov said in televised remarks on Friday at the start of the talks that Russia will keep supporting the Syrian government while the West is considering new sanctions to put pressure on both countries to halt an offense against terrorists in Aleppo.

The Russian foreign minister added, the three sides, would exchange views on humanitarian operations as well as efforts to stop the flow of weapons and military equipment to the foreign-backed terrorists operating against the Damascus government.


Press conference


During the presser, Muallem slammed the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, saying the alliance has never been fighting terrorism despite its claims.

He said the Washington-led campaign was in fact encouraging Daesh terrorists to move from Iraq’s Mosul to Syria’s Raqqah.

Mosul and Raqqah have served as the main Daesh bases in the Middle East over the past years. Iraqi and Syrian armed forces are engaged in large-scale military offensive to drive the terror group from the two cities.

The Syrian foreign minister also said his country would continue cooperation with Iran and Russia in efforts to eradicate terrorism.

Muallem described the atmosphere of the talks in Russia as “positive” and “very comfortable.”

Zarif, in turn, described the talks in Moscow as “very productive,” saying Iran and Russia have developed “very close” relations in different areas.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, the top Iranian diplomat said Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be protected, adding that it is up to the Syrian nation to determine its own destiny and that the voice of the Syrians must be recognized.

He said the global community must unite in the battle against terrorism, which poses a threat not only to Syria, but the entire world.

For his part, the Russian foreign minister also touched on the Mosul battle in Iraq, saying that Iraqi city’s liberation from Daesh would have a significant impact on the balance of power in neighboring Syria.

Referring to the situation in Aleppo, Lavrov said terrorists blocked the exit routes opened as part of a Syrian humanitarian pause and prevented the civilians from leaving the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo City.

The senior Russian official also criticized the international organizations for failing to fulfill their duties towards the locals of eastern Aleppo.

Lavrov emphasized that the fight against terrorism in Syria will continue, adding that “future common steps” in this regard during the Moscow talks.


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