Meanwhile, Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, discussed the situation in Syria and the region with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and his assistant for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari in Tehran.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that there was a frank exchange of views on the problems in the Middle East and North Africa region, and that special attention was given to the development of the situation in Syria and around it.
The ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic has no military solution, the two sides affirmed in their statement, and added that “It can only be solved through political means and through intra-Syrian comprehensive dialogue based on the Geneva communique of 2012, UN Security Council resolutions, and the decisions of the Syria international Support Group.”
Both sides also called on UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura to intensify his efforts to start intra-Syrian talks without preconditions in Geneva.
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