Mikdad, Iranian Foreign Minister discuss bilateral relations and latest developments

Tehran, SANA, – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tahran on Monday, and discussed with him means to enhance bilateral relations, as well as the latest developments in Syria and the region.

Mikdad outlined the achievements being made by the Syrian Arab Army in its war against terrorism, asserting the government’s commitment to combating terrorism, adding that eliminating the threat of terrorism requires serious will from all sides to stop the funding of arming of terrorists.

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He also touched upon the recent consultative meeting in Moscow between the Syrian government and opposition group, lauding the Russian efforts to ensure the success of this meeting, asserting that the Syrian leadership always calls for inter-Syrian dialogue removed from foreign interference, as the political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Regarding regional developments, Mikdad said that Syria and Iraq are fighting terrorism on the world’s behalf, and that the world must work to stop the spread of terrorism. He also called for halting the Saudi military strikes on Yemen and working towards a peaceful solution to that issue.

The Deputy Minister also congratulated the Iranian people for the agreement reached with the P5+1 regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, asserting that it’s the Iranians’ right to have peaceful nuclear technology and to have all sanctions on their country lifted.

For his part, Zarif said that the steadfastness of the Syrian leadership, people, and army foiled the conspiracy targeting Syria, welcoming the dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition and reiterating the need for a political solution for the crisis.

He also called for ending the Saudi aggression on Yemen and launching dialogue there, noting that Iran proposed a plan to resolve the situation there, asserting that crises in the region only serve the interests of Israel.

Hazem Sabbagh

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