Russian FM arrives in Tehran

Iran Materials 13 June 2012 15:17 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 13 /Trend D. Khatinoglu/

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Tehran to negotiate Iran's nuclear program and Syria's issue with Iranian officials, Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran and 5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) held three sessions of talks in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 after an earlier round of negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul in mid-April.

The two sides have agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.

Russian Foreign Minister will meet his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili.

Lavrov at the meeting with Iranian officials will discuss Russian initiative to host the international conference on Syria as well.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry's announcement published on Monday, Iran has influence in Syria, and it is one of the countries that should be presented at the conference.

The ministry also said that without Iran's participation, constructive international impact in this issue will not be used in full force.

The U.S. have been rejecting the possibility of Iran's participation in the Syrian settlement.

The Russian side says some 15 countries could be participating in the international conference on Syria.

Among those countries are Russia, the U.S., France, Great Britain, China, and also Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Iran.