Iran, Russia, Syria Reinforce Anti-Terror Alliance

The three countries stressed their readiness to take measures to combat terrorism in Syria
Iran, Russia, Syria Reinforce Anti-Terror Alliance
Iran, Russia, Syria Reinforce Anti-Terror Alliance

Iran, Russia and Syria coordinated measures in their anti-terror fight across the region, particularly in Syria, where the three governments have engaged in deep cooperation to dismantle terrorist groups.

The announcement was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, after a trilateral meeting in Moscow with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem.

"The three countries stressed their readiness to take necessary measures to deal with terrorism in Syria," IRNA quoted Lavrov as saying in a press conference attended by Zarif and Muallem on Friday.

The humanitarian situation in the Arab country and ways to provide relief to the Syrian people affected by the over five-year-old conflict was also discussed in the meeting.

Iran and Russia are major allies of Syria in its battle against foreign-backed militants attempting to topple the Syrian establishment, including the self-styled Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat Al-Nusra (recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) terrorist groups.

Speaking in the press conference, Zarif described the talks in Moscow as "very productive".

The top diplomat reiterated Iran's stance that 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 heard, Press TV reported.

Zarif highlighted the need for a political settlement of the crisis, noting that Tehran backs resumption of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

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

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

Zarif added that supporting terrorism would serve the interest of no party, warning that the terror groups would eventually "bite the hands that feed them".

Prior to the trilateral talks, Zarif held a meeting with Lavrov to discuss regional issues and enhancement of Tehran-Moscow ties.

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