Senior Iranian Diplomat Meets Syria's Assad in Damascus

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian diplomat held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday.

Senior Iranian Diplomat Meets Syria's Assad in Damascus

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari met with President Assad on Saturday morning ahead of a fresh round of Syria peace negotiations in the Russian resort city of Sochi scheduled to be held on January 29.  

The Sochi meeting is part of a broader push by Moscow, Tehran and Ankara to start hammering out a path to a political solution to end the conflict.

Moscow initially hoped to convene peace talks in Sochi last November but those efforts collapsed following a lack of agreement among co-sponsors.

Separate UN-backed talks began in Vienna on Thursday, to continue until Friday.

The two sides also discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly the Turkish army’s latest movements in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region.

Recently, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey will launch an attack on Afrin, which is controlled by the YPG, “in the coming days” in a bid to “purge terror” from his country’s southern border.

The announcement came after the US said it will work, along with a coalition of its allies purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group, with US-backed militants of the the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to set up a new 30,000-strong “border security” force.


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