Russia has called for another meeting of the ‘Action Group on Syria’ with the participation of Iran to help resolve the ongoing unrest in the Arab country. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday that the meeting should convene in an enlarged format within the shortest possible time to prevent the worsening of the situation in Syria.
The Russian official said Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia need to be included into the group.Many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria nearly two years ago. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country. The group first met in Geneva on June 30, 2012, with the participation of secretary generals of the United Nations and the Arab League, foreign ministers of Russia, Britain, China, France, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, the US secretary of state and the EU foreign policy chief. The participants of the Geneva meeting agreed on the formation of a transitional governing body in Syria on the “basis of mutual consent.” Despite insistence on the part of former UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Russia to engage Iran, the United States and its Western allies objected to inviting the Islamic Republic to the meeting. AR/HSN/MA