Iranian official to visit Russia for Syria talks

Iranian official to visit Russia for Syria talks
Sun Sep 8, 2013 17:57:02

Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs is scheduled to visit Moscow to discuss the latest developments in Syria with Russian officials.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will head to Moscow on Monday where he plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov and other top officials.

Amir-Abdollahian and Bogdanov have in turns been hosting bilateral meetings on Syria since the crisis in the Arab country broke out.

Iran, Russia and China, among other countries, have warned against foreign military intervention in Syria, which has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hosted a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, said on Friday that Moscow will help Syria if it comes under attack.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching the chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.


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