Moscow, Tehran Stress Sustainable Ceasefire in Syria

Moscow, Tehran Stress Sustainable Ceasefire in Syria
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:01:23

Russia and Iran have underlined the need for a sustainable peace in Syria as well as the significance of intra-Syrian dialog to end a foreign-backed war that has gripped the Arab country for five years.

In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, discussed the latest developments in the region, including ongoing crises in Syria and Yemen.

The two diplomats highlighted unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and called for a serious campaign against terrorism.

Amir-Abdollahian and Bogdanov, who is also Russia’s deputy foreign minister, highlighted the role of Syrian people in determining the future of the country and condemned any foreign interference in Damascus’ affairs.

They also praised efforts by United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to help end the war in the country.

The remarks came as the UN-brokered peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition are to adjourn after almost two weeks of discussions and to resume next month. The negotiations had kicked off on March 14.

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