Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran diplomat: Iran in talks with EU over Yemen

IRNA – Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor Hossein Jaberi Ansari says Iran has been in talks with with European states on Yemen over the past months.

He made the remarks to reporters after a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday.

He arrived in Beirut to submit President Rouhani’s message to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun.

Ansari said that one of the topics of discussion during meetings with the Lebanese officials was latest developments in Yemen as well as the efforts to settle regional crises including Syrian and Yemeni ones.

The senior diplomat said that he was in charge of dossiers of Yemen and Syria in Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

Pointing to intensive efforts to solve Yemeni crisis, he said that Iran is currently engaged in intensive dialogues with the four European states and EU to pave the way for solving Syrian crisis and start of political talks.

Reiterating that Yemeni crisis has no military solution, he hoped that the option of war would be set aside.

As to Syrian developments, he said that the major measure pursued under Astana Agreement is launching the committee for compiling Constitution.

Efforts are underway to help repatriate Syrian refugees, he said.

Ansari also said that message he conveyed to Lebanese officials during the meetings contains two major points. First was Iran’s efforts to save the JCPOA through dialogue with partners and maintain Iran’s political and economic benefits under the deal while the second was the Iranian nation’s friendship and cooperation with Lebanon and other countries.

“Region belongs to all regional nations and cooperation and positive interaction among the governments and nations is the only way for securing common interests,” he said.