Talks With Russia to Address Regional Challenges

Talks With Russia to Address Regional Challenges  Talks With Russia to Address Regional Challenges

Iran and Russia discussed the latest developments in Syria, Yemen and Libya in a meeting chaired by the deputy foreign ministers of both sides.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian reiterated Iran's policy of seeking enhanced relations with neighboring and regional countries, ISNA reported on Saturday.  

"There is no option but to find a political solution to resolve the crises gripping regional countries," he noted.  

Pointing to the dangerous activities of extremists and terrorists in the region, Amir Abdollahian expressed regret that some regional states have adopted a military approach to deal with conflicts, which has exacerbated violence and insecurity.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov urged Middle East states, especially Iran and Saudi Arabia, to increase consultations in an effort to come to an understanding on how to defuse regional crises.  

Bogdanov said getting to the bottom of regional issues, including the crises in Syria and Yemen, will not be possible without the involvement of the Islamic Republic.

He also said the recent nuclear deal between Iran and world powers could serve as a model to settle regional disputes.  

The deputy foreign ministers of Iran and Russia hold regular talks every three months to exchange views about the latest developments in the Middle East.