Zarif Urges Actions, Not Words on Syria, Yemen

Zarif Urges Actions, Not Words on Syria, YemenZarif Urges Actions, Not Words on Syria, Yemen

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for taking actions instead of only making statements to resolve the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria.

"Talk is cheap at the United Nations Security Council," Zarif said on his Twitter account on Monday. He added that "ceasefire, aid and inclusive political settlement" are the only ways to settle the Yemeni and Syrian crises.

The foreign minister expressed Iran's readiness to help solve the conflicts but rhetorically asked, "Are others too?"

Zarif's tweet came after the UN Security Council held a crisis meeting on Sunday to discuss the critical situation in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo. At the meeting, diplomats traded blame and harsh words.

Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, has been divided since 2012 between government forces in the west and foreign-backed terrorists in the east, making it a frontline battleground. Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Over the past few months, the militants active in the Arab country have suffered major setbacks as the Syrian Army managed to liberate several areas.

Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the toll at around 10,000. The offensive was launched to reinstate the fugitive Yemeni president, Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally. Meanwhile, deputy foreign ministers of Iran and Russia on Monday stressed the importance of accelerating the delivery of humanitarian aid to conflict zones in Syria, Press TV reported. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov made the call in a telephone conversation.

The two diplomats exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria, particularly the situation in Aleppo.

A weeklong truce, brokered by Russia and the US, ended across Syria on September 19. Damascus refused to extend the deal after its military base was hit by US-led airstrikes near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor in violation of the agreement.

The air raids, which left more than 80 Syrian troops dead and some 100 others wounded, paved the way for the militants to make some gains in the area.