Zarif: Iran believes in political solution of Syrian crisis

Zarif: Iran believes in political solution of Syrian crisis
# 17 April 2019 11:16 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran believes in a political solution of the Syrian crisis with the regional countries, ONA reports citing IRNA.

“We hope to help solve regional problems too,” Zarif told reporters upon arrival in the Turkish capital.

Prior to his visit to Ankara, Zarif visited Damascus at the invitation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Elaborating on his Damascus visit, Zarif described his meetings with the Syrian officials as very good.

“Talks with President Assad were very fruitful,” the Iranian foreign minister said adding that good negotiations were held about the upcoming Astana talks on Syria and the bilateral cooperation.

In Syria, ways to implement mutual agreements were also discussed by the two sides, the top diplomat noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif referred to discussion with the Syrian officials about the situation of eastern part of Euphrates and Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Expressing concern over such a situation, the top diplomat stressed the importance of exit of foreign forces from Syria and halt to the presence of terrorists in the country.

Then, he elaborated on his Ankara visit, saying he is due to hold talks with Turkish officials on bilateral cooperation and regional developments, including Syria and the issues related to North Africa.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in the Syrian capital Tuesday on a day-long visit.

Syrian president visited Tehran in March.