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Iran FM heads to Moscow for three-way Syria summit

Picture shows Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif boarding an aircraft.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Moscow to attend a tripartite summit also gathering his Russian and Turkish counterparts to address the most recent developments in Syria.

He is to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and discuss all aspects of cooperation between the three countries on the crisis in Syria.

Since late 2016, the trio have been working closely to end the crisis in Syria, which has been facing a seven-year-old foreign-backed militancy.

Russia has been lending air support to Syria’s ground operations, while Iran offers military advisory assistance to the Syrian army. The two also side with Damascus in parallel crisis resolution talks, which have been underway in the Kazakh capital of Astana, while Turkey negotiates on behalf of the militants.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal (L), and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev greets Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari (R), with UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura standing by following  talks in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, January 24, 2017. (Photo by AP)

Moscow’s tripartite foreign ministerial meeting comes as the Syrian government forces have made major gains against foreign-backed terrorists, flushing them out of their last stronghold in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.

Western powers have accused the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical attack in the town of Douma near Damascus on April 7, a charge Damascus strongly denies.

On April 14, the US, France and Britain launched missile attacks on a number of targets in Syria in response to the suspected chemical attack. The US-led airstrikes drew reactions from the region and beyond.

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