Zarif, Lavrov Discuss Syria Crisis

Zarif, Lavrov Discuss Syria CrisisZarif, Lavrov Discuss Syria Crisis

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing Syrian crisis.

During a phone conversation on Tuesday, Zarif and Lavrov exchanged views on the need for a “stable political process” with the participation of the Syrian government and all opposition groups in order to put an end to the Arab country’s crisis, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, RIA Novosti reported. “Ministers discussed the implementation of the ceasefire, programs of humanitarian assistance to Syria and noted the necessity of establishing a stable political process with the participation of representatives of the Syrian government and all circles of the opposition forces on the basis of the principles in the decisions of the International Syrian Support Group and resolutions 2254 and 2268 by the UN Security Council.” On Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, the head of the Center for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council, rejected claims that Russia’s support for Syria has faded, saying that Moscow is still honoring its commitments to back “the legitimate government” of the Arab country.