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FM Zarif condemns U.S. destructive role in region

29 April 2018, 04:18 | Colleen Roy

FM Zarif condemns U.S. destructive role in region

FM Zarif condemns U.S. destructive role in region

Lavrov rejected U.S. statements on respecting Syria's territorial integrity as "only words" and said that Washington had designs for the country. Under the agreement, nuclear-related sanctions put in place against Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that military approaches would fail to resolve the Syrian crisis, stressing that military intervention of certain countries has only prolonged the sufferings of people in the war-stricken state.

The Russian foreign minister earlier held separate bilateral talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and then Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"We have announced since the outset that (the crisis in) Syria has no military solution and that the sides must focus on a political solution", Zarif pointed out.

Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey have gathered in Moscow to coordinate political efforts for peace in Syria.

Russia, Iran and Turkey see themselves as guarantor states in negotiations between the Syrian opposition and government.

It added that they highlighted the importance of de-escalation efforts and reiterated their commitment to preserve the ceasefire in Syria that had become instrumental in helping to reduce violence on the ground and alleviate the humanitarian suffering in the war-stricken country. He noted that the White house statement of support for the territorial integrity of Syria is "just words".

The joint attack on April 14 targeted suspected chemical weapons infrastructure following an alleged gas attack by government forces on the formerly rebel-held town of Douma, outside Damascus.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed in phone talks on Saturday the recent developments in the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russia says the attack was staged to discredit Assad.

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