RNA - Heading a diplomatic delegation, the top Iranian minister is going to hold talks with Russia’s Sergei Lavrov on the latest regional and international developments, particularly the situation in Syria and Iraq.
After luncheon, Zarif and Lavrov will be joined by their Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem for trilateral talks.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.
In the meantime, Iran and Russia have remained close allies of Syria and support its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.
Tehran insists that the Syrian nation is the only side that has the right to shape the future of its own country, rejecting foreign intervention with the use of force.