Iran will not patriciate in upcoming meeting on Syria: source

A general view taken with a drone shows Aleppo’s historic citadel, controlled by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, as seen from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria, October 12, 2016. (Reuters)

While Reuters reported that foreign ministers from Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will be taking part in Saturday’s talks on the Syria crisis that will be held in Lausanne, a source told the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not be attending.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he had “no special expectations” for Saturday’s talks on the Syria crisis that will be held in Lausanne because Moscow had not yet seen reciprocal steps from its Western partners.

Russia does not intend to put forward new initiatives on resolving the conflict in Syria, Lavrov told reporters in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed this week to hold the meeting in Switzerland to consider what further steps could be taken to achieve a resolution of the Syria conflict.

“We want to get down to concrete work and see how well our partners observe the UN Security Council resolution (on Syria),” Lavrov said. “We are not going to propose anything else.”

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49