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Iran, Russia agree on diplomacy to resolve Mideast crises

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian (R) and Russian president’s special envoy to Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov.

Iran and Russia agree that diplomacy is the most effective way to resolve current crises in the Middle East, officials from both sides have said.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Mikhail Bogdanov, who serves as Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to the Middle East, held a phone conversation on Saturday.

The two sides called for the international community to adopt effective measures against extremist groups within the context of international norms.

The issue of conflicts in Yemen and Syria was the core point of discussion between the two officials.

In Yemen, Saudi Arabia has been engaged in deadly airstrikes against the impoverished country since March 26. However, the air raids, which were unleashed without a UN mandate, have met little international notice.

The Iranian and Russian diplomats expressed concern over the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the war-hit Arab country.

Smoke billows following a Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, October 15, 2015. ©AFP

In Syria, the Russian air force launched airstrikes against positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists on September 30.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister hailed the successful strikes of the past several days during the conversation with Bogdanov.

Since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Syria, about 530 strikes have been conducted. Hundreds of terrorists and dozens of command posts, depots and other Daesh infrastructure have been destroyed to date.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated on Saturday that its aircraft made 39 combat sorties hitting 49 facilities used by the Daesh terrorists in Syria.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman of Russian Defense Ministry, said a Daesh ammunition depot was destroyed in the central province of Homs, adding, “After the strike, the ammunition began to detonate. Three trucks were destroyed at the facility.”

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