Iran, Russia Reiterate Call for Political Solution to Syria, Yemen Crises

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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov called for a political solution to the crises in Yemen and Syria based on broad national dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“Moscow and Tehran confirmed a common stance that increased efforts are needed to find a political solution to the conflicts in Syria and Yemen in the ways of establishing an inclusive national dialogue involving all the political and ethnic and religious forces of these countries,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The statement added that the two diplomats also stressed the importance of maintaining a regular Iranian-Russian dialogue on the whole range of issues in the Middle East.

in a phone conversation on Friday, Amir Abdollahian and Bogdanov demanded an immediate halt to the Saudi military attacks against Yemen.

Both Tehran and Moscow from the very first days of escalation of the crises in Syria and Yemen voiced their full support for the diplomatic settlement of such disputes.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 62 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.

The airstrikes have killed, at least, 3,912 Yemenis, according to FNA’s independent tally.

According to a recent report by Freedom House Foundation, most of the victims of the deadly Al Saud campaign are civilians, including a large number of women and children.

Thousands of residential buildings have been destroyed, and hundreds of civil and public facilities were reduced to rubble as a result of the bombardments by Saudi warplanes on the Yemeni cities and towns, the group said.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.

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