Iranian FM’s Russia trip good chance to discuss Syria
Tehran, Iran, August 17
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
During the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's ongoing trip to Russia, there will be the opportunity to coordinate efforts how to approach regional affairs, especially the Syrian crisis, a political analyst said.
"While the two countries hold similar positions regarding Syria, in current circumstances they seem to have in cooperation with Damascus reached agreement to form a regional coalition to tackle the Syrian crisis," Iranian expert in Russian affairs Shoaib Bahman told Trend August 17.
Bahman pointed to Moscow's recent diplomatic moves as well as Zarif's trips to the Persian Gulf and Middle East countries as well as the Indian subcontinent in recent weeks as examples that Iran and Moscow are taking stronger action to meet their mutual concern in Syria.
During his regional tour which started last Tuesday, Zarif paid visits to Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, and India.
"The two are being diplomatically active to end the crisis with a Syrian-Syrian encounter," he observed.
He said Iran and Russia are trying to form a unified front against regional terrorism in large.
On the same day, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai wrote on Facebook that regional affairs will be top on agenda during Zarif's trip to Moscow.
"During this trip, the priority of enhancing relations with Russia in foreign policy issues will be stressed. Also, new approaches will be viewed to make a new move to boost the two countries' mutual relations following the [nuclear] deal," he asserted.