Iran, Russia, UN discuss Syria crisis, terrorism

Representatives of Iran, Russia and the United Nations (UN) have discussed the latest developments in Syria and the recent series of terrorist attacks in French capital of Paris.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov as well as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura held a meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday on the sidelines of a fresh round of international talks about the Syrian conflict.

During the trilateral meeting, Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that the ongoing Vienna talks must concentrate on a decisive and effective campaign against terrorism.

Pointing to the recent Paris terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of nearly 130 people, the Iranian official warned against the adoption of double standards towards terrorism, stressing that the dichotomization of the issue into good and bad would bring about “bitter consequences” for all countries in the region and across the world.

Amir-Abdollahian added that no country would benefit from the spread of terrorism.

The fresh round of international talks aimed at working out a solution to the conflict in Syria opened in Vienna on Saturday.

The previous round was held in the Austrian capital on October 30. Foreign ministers of 17 countries, including Iran, the US and Saudi Arabia, took part in the day-long meeting, which was also attended by envoys from the United Nations and the European Union, to discuss the Syrian crisis.

At the end of the talks, the participants agreed on respecting Syria’s national unity and sovereignty as well as eradicating the terrorist groups operating in the Arab country.

However, they remained at loggerheads over the role that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would play in Syria’s political process. While some countries, such as the US and its regional allies, want the removal of the Syrian leader as part of a solution to the issue, others, including Iran and Russia, say only the Syrian nation can have a say on the matter.

Meeting between Iran deputy FM, French FM

On the sidelines of the Syrian talks, Amir-Abdollahian also sat down with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Vienna.

The Iranian diplomat condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and offered his condolences to the French government and nation over the tragedy.

Journalists work outside a restaurant where bullet impacts are seen the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, France, on November 14, 2015. © Reuters

The Vienna talks over Syria come less than 24 hours after assailants struck at least six different venues, ranging from the national sports stadium to a pizzeria, in Paris late on Friday. At least 127 people were killed and some 200 others injured in the attacks.

In a statement on Saturday, the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Paris assaults.

By Press TV