Iran, Russia to discuss Syrian crisis
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is in Moscow to discuss Syrian and Yemeni crisis.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Amir-Abdollahian will discuss Syrian crisis ahead of the upcoming Geneva peace talks, IRNA news agency reported Jan. 27.
The report added that the foreign ministers will also discuss the issue of extremism and Yemeni crisis.
The UN has announced that the new round of peace talks aimed at finding a political solution to end the Syrian crisis would start in Geneva on Jan. 29 which is expected to continue for six months.
UN Security Council resolution on December 18 approved a draft resolution on peace process in Syria. According to the resolution, talks should be held between Syria's government and opposition should begin in January.
However it is not clear so far that the opposition groups whether plan to attend the talks as they demand the Syrian government to halts bombardments, lift blockades, and release detainees, Reuters previously reported.
Over the past five years more than 250,000 people have died in Syria following the crisis.
Iran's relations with several Arab states, particularly, with Saudi Arabia have deteriorated following the outbreak of crisis in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Tehran has consistently expressed support for the Syrian government and Shia-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen as well as dissident Shia groups in Bahrain.
Riyadh accuses Tehran of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries, including Yemen - something Iran has denied.