Iran FM in Russia for pre-Geneva II talks

Javad Zarif is meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and will be received by Russian President Putin, having left Syria yesterday.

Iran FM in Russia for pre-Geneva II talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met on Thursday in the Russian capital of Moscow, ahead of the Geneva II conference on Syria which is scheduled for January 22.

Speaking at the beginning of the meeting, Lavrov said they would discuss the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers, the conflict in Syria as well as the preparations for the upcoming Geneva II, as well as other regional and international issues high on the agenda.

As he voiced hope for the meeting to be fruitful, Iran's Zarif noted, for his part, that he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian capital of Damascus prior to his visit to Moscow.

The Iranian top diplomat also extended condolences to the Russian people for those killed in two seperate suicide bombings on a railway station in the southern Russian province of Volgograd on December 29-30, 2013, only two months after a bus bombing carried out in the same province.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif will also be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Thursday.

The Geneva peace talks on Syria is scheduled to be held in Switzerland in two days time; the opening session on January 22 wıll be in Montreux and the second half will be held at the UN office in Geneva on January 24.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 11:46