Lavrov, Zarif discuss preparations for upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress

Moscow, SANA – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the importance of the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in the Russian city of Sochi later this month that would help create suitable atmosphere and contribute to a successful round of talks on Syria in Geneva.

Sputnik quoted Lavrov as saying in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Moscow that the conference will contribute to a successful round of talks in Geneva though some Syrian opposition groups, which set preconditions, will remain under the control of those who dominate them.

He added that this issue has been discussed with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura during his recent visit to Moscow.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize Sochi Congress.

For is part, Zarif stressed Iran’s commitment to cooperate with Russia and Turkey to find a way to reach a political settlement in Syria, hailing the effective impact of Russian-Iranian cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region.



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