BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Ansari to discuss the Syrian peace process in Moscow on Friday.
“It is very important for us to hold our final consultations on this [Syrian] issue with our Russian and Turkish partners. I’m sure these consultations will contribute to our joint cooperation for the purpose of supporting and quickly resolving this question,” Ansari said of the preparatory trilateral meeting on Syria with Russian and Turkish officials, due to begin later on Friday in Sochi.
“Our meeting today in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is very important for us to clarify the details and agree on the complex issue of the Syrian settlement, the situation in Syria and around it,” Bogdanov added.
Ansari will travel to Sochi to take part in the preparatory meeting, together with Russia’s Special Envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz.
Syrian National Dialogue Congress is scheduled to be held in Sochi on January 29-30.