Russia and Iran foreign ministers to meet on nuclear deal, Syrian conflict
Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will host his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to discuss the deal on Tehran`s nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria.
Moscow: Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will host his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to discuss the deal on Tehran`s nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria.
"The visit is taking place in the context of an increasingly active Russian-Iranian dialogue of late that reflects the high level of mutual understanding between Moscow and Tehran," Russia`s foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.
The two countries are on increasingly good terms and Russia helped steer through the landmark July agreement with world powers over Iran`s nuclear programme.
Moscow is hoping that its firms can benefit from the nuclear deal, which should see economic sanctions lifted on Tehran.
Russia -- which along with Iran is one of the few remaining backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- has also launched a fresh diplomatic push to find a way out of Syria`s four-year civil war that has cost some 240,000 lives.
A flurry of diplomacy saw the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia hold talks with Lavrov in Moscow this week, along with representatives of the Syrian opposition.
Russia wants a broader grouping to cooperate in the fight against the Islamic State jihadists that have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, expanding from a US-led coalition to include the Syrian government and its allies.