Iranian, Russian officials talk on Syrian Crisis

Photo: Iranian, Russian officials talk on Syrian Crisis / Iran

In a meeting between Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov, the pair discussed the recent developments in the Middle-East, particularly in Syria, and expressed hope that the International Geneva II Peace Conference would produce positive results, Fars news agency reported on Dec. 25.

Bogdanov reiterated the importance of Iran's participation in the Geneva II conference.

Sanaei, for his part, said that whether Iran participates in the Geneva II conference or not, the Islamic Republic as always calls for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria and opposes any violent transition of power in Damascus.

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a phone talk with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated the necessity for Tehran's participation in the Geneva II conference on Syria due to be held on January 22.

During the phone talk initiated by Ban, the two officials discussed the latest regional developments, especially in Syria.

Iran is a close ally of the Syrian government and it always shows its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees putting the number of Syrian refugees at two million.

The UN refugee agency further said some 4.2 million people have also been displaced inside Syria since the beginning of the conflict in the Arab country.

According to the United Nations, to date, over 100,000 people have been killed in the country.

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