Monday, July 23, 2018 | ePaper

Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria

  • Print


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference following the talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Mosco

Reuters, Moscow :
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif about preparations for a Russian-hosted Syrian People's Congress, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday in a statement.
European Union powers on Thursday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran insisting that the deal is essential for international security.
The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that the Islamic Republic is respecting it.
"There is no indication today that could call into doubt Iranian respect of the agreement," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Brussels, after a meeting between the Europeans and their Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif.
Le Drian called on all parties to uphold the agreement, noting that "our American allies should respect it as well. There is no particular reason for any rupture."
Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international economic sanctions. Trump is expected to decide by Friday whether to extend the sanctions relief or re-impose the restrictions his predecessor, President Barack Obama, suspended two years ago.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also noted that no one has put forward a plan that might be as effective in curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"It's incumbent on those who oppose the (deal) really to come up with that better solution, because we haven't seen it so far," he said.
However, Johnson said it is "legitimate and right" to focus in parallel on what Iran should do to ease the crises in Yemen and Syria.
Officials from major world powers and Iran meet roughly every three to four months to assess implementation of the deal, which is monitored by the world's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The 2015 pact is underpinned on the U.S. side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank.

More News For this Category

UK to refuse Brexit bill without trade deal: Report

UK to refuse Brexit bill without trade deal: Report

AFP, London :Britain will only pay its EU divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance

AFP, Amman :Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany, Amman

Sharif's close aide gets life sentence in 6-year-old narcotics case

Sharif's close aide gets life sentence in 6-year-old narcotics case

PTI, Islamabad :A leading PML-N candidate for the July 25 general elections was arrested and sent to Adiala jail after he was convicted by a court and handed down

News In Brief

Nearly 19,800 children died in western India in last fiscal yearXinhua, New DelhiNearly 19,800 children have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra in the last financial year,

Iranian President warns Trump ‘war with Iran mother of all wars’

Iranian President warns Trump ‘war with Iran mother of all wars’

Reuters , Dubai :Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "America should know ... war with Iran is

UN Chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

UN Chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

AFP, United Nations :UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres called Saturday on Israelis and Palestinians to avoid "another devastating conflict" after resurgent violence claimed five lives on Friday."I am gravely

'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

AP, San Pedro Sula :For months, a Honduran couple watched their only son grow up in videos while he was kept in U.S. government custody. That's where he took

Saudi Arabia slams 'racial discrimination' of Israeli law

Saudi Arabia slams 'racial discrimination' of Israeli law

AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia has slammed a controversial Israeli law as "perpetuating racial discrimination" against Palestinians by defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, state

France, Russia send humanitarian aid to Syria for Ghouta victims

France, Russia send humanitarian aid to Syria for Ghouta victims

AFP, Châteauroux : France and Russia on Saturday despatched a plane carrying humanitarian aid to the ravaged former Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, which was retaken by government forces

White House rejects Putin's idea for Ukraine referendum

AP, Washington : The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in