Iran, Russia, Syria Defense Chiefs to Meet Again

Iran, Russia, Syria Defense Chiefs to Meet Again Iran, Russia, Syria Defense Chiefs to Meet Again

The Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad said Iranian, Russian and Syrian defense ministers are expected to hold another meeting on fighting terrorism.

"Allied states hold such meetings between defense ministers from time to time. Six months ago, for instance, such a meeting was held in Moscow. Another one was recently held in Tehran. The third one may take place in some other place," Haddad told reporters recently, according to Sputnik.

"The main purpose of such meetings is to determine at which stage we currently are and what else should be done for [Syrian] reconciliation. We consider such meetings necessary."

Defense ministers of Iran, Russia and Syria held a meeting in Tehran on June 10 and discussed regional developments and agreed to step up cooperation in the fight against terror groups, which have wreaked havoc across Syria and elsewhere in the region.

Iran's Defense Minister Lieutenant General Hossein Dehqan had invited his Russian and Syrian counterparts, Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu and Fahd Jasim al-Furayj, to visit Tehran for the trilateral talks.

Iran and Russia are the main allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have been looking for a workable solution to the crisis that has plunged the embattled Arab country into misery and chaos for more than five years and devastated its infrastructure.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since early 2011 with insurgent and terrorist groups, including the self-styled terror group Islamic State, which currently controls parts of the country, mostly in the east.

The Syrian conflict has killed at least 260,000 people, according to the UN, and more than half of Syria's pre-war population of 22.4 million have been internally displaced or fled abroad.