Zarif, Lavrov Discuss Bilateral Ties, Syrian Crisis over Phone

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation discussed bilateral ties and the latest developments in Syria.

In the phone talks on Thursday, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, specially Syria.

The two sides called for resolving the regional crises through political means.

Zarif arrived in Ankara on Friday to hold talks with senior Turkish officials.

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Turkey takes place at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlet Cavushoglu.

Zarif’s visit to Turkey is the first visit by a high-ranking Iranian official after the recent failed coup in that country.

The two sides are slated to hold talks on bilateral ties, latest regional developments and international issues.

In a relevant development in April, Zarif said Russia is an important neighbor of Iran, with strong political, economic, intelligence and defense ties.

 “We will remain a friend of Russia, and because of our common interests, we will further enhance our relations in the course of years to come. We believe our relations with the rest of the world will never undermine our relations with Russia because we value our relations with Russia as an extremely important strategic partnership,” Zarif said.

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