Iran, Russia officials discuss Syria crisis

Deputy Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Press TV -(Wed May 7, 2014) Senior officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia have held talks over ways to end the three-year long crisis in Syria.

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held a meeting in Tehran, where they discussed a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.
The two sides also talked about how to aid the Syrian people and to restore stability in the country.
“Now there is a good opportunity in Syria for a political solution to the crisis, and those who back diplomatic approaches can play a critical role in tackling the crisis by supporting a political process,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
The Iranian official also stressed the importance of a four-point plan proposed by Iran for the Syrian crisis. The plan addresses the realities of a political settlement of the crisis, and highlights the territorial integrity and independence of the Arab country as well as its people’s right to self-determination in a democratic election.
Bogdanov, who is also Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for the Middle East, welcomed discussions between Tehran and Moscow over Syria, saying talks between the two sides have paved the way for a “unique” ground in bilateral ties.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.


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