Iran, Russia stress political solution to Syrian crisis
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:53AM
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million others displaced since the outbreak of the violence.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have underlined the need to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The two ministers made the call in a Tuesday meeting on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York, where they also discussed Tehran-Moscow ties, regional and international developments and the Western dispute with Tehran over Iran's nuclear energy program.
Zarif further condemned the use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anybody, saying, “Everybody in Syria should be disarmed of chemical weapons.”Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million others displaced since the outbreak of the violence. The Syrian government and foreign-backed militants fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad accuse each other of using chemical weapons. Zarif and Lavrov also expressed satisfaction over the growing trend of bilateral relations and discussed the ways to bolster mutual cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, industry and machinery as well as fostering cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states. In separate meetings on Tuesday, Zarif discussed bilateral relations as well as issues of global importance with his Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa and Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Kavakure. The Iranian foreign minister is also scheduled to meet his opposite numbers from the P5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US, plus Germany - on Thursday to discuss the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. YH/NN/HMV