Iranian FM to Take Part in Lausanne Meeting on Syria


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in the Saturday ministerial talks on Syria in Lausanne, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

Apart from Iran, participation in the Saturday ministerial talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been confirmed by the United States, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The talks will focus on the issue of reviving the ceasefire in civil-war-torn Syria.

“Foreign Minister Zarif will attend the international conference on the Syrian crisis in Lausanne,” Qasemi said on Friday.

A source in the Russian delegation told journalists in the early hours of Saturday that Lavrov had already arrived in Switzerland.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Moscow does not have any substantial expectations for the meeting, but Russia will offer particular steps for implementing the UN Security Council resolution on Syria. On September 9, Russia and the United States reached an agreement for a peace process in Syria.

A ceasefire stipulated by the deal entered into force on September 12, but while it was supposed to last at least seven days for the next steps to be taken toward the Syrian settlement, it disintegrated soon.