News ID: 173991
Published: 0535 GMT December 17, 2016

Russia's FM discusses Syria with Iranian, Turkish counterparts

Russia's FM discusses Syria with Iranian, Turkish counterparts

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has held phone conversations with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to discuss the unfolding situation in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey stressed during the conversations with Lavrov the importance of working at international level to provide and facilitate access to humanitarian aid in Syria.

The statement said the three ministers also urged the facilitation of a political resolution to the conflict in Syria.

The ministry said the phone calls were made on Russia's initiative. The three ministers agreed to attend an imminent trilateral meeting to discuss the issue of Syria, it added.

Russia and Turkey have been parties to a ceasefire agreement in Aleppo, the Syrian city in the northwest that has seen the purge of militants by pro-government forces over the past few weeks. The truce, which has seen periodic halts over the past two days, is meant to evacuate tens of thousands of trapped civilians as well as militants who have agreed to stop fighting and be transferred to other Syrian territories.

Moscow and Ankara support the opposing sides of the conflict in Syria and the two have military presence in the Arab country.

Iran, not militarily active, has supported Syria’s anti-terror drive by sending advisors to help the country’s military in the fight against militants. Tehran has always highlighted that the conflict in Syria has no military solution and the only way out of the crisis would be for the Syrians to engage in dialogue.

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