Zarif: Foreign Interventions Postponing Peace in Syria

Foreign ministers of Iran Russia Turkey discuss clouds over nuclear accord

"Establishing ceasefire should still be our top priority and Iran, along with Russian Federation and Turkey as the three guarantor states of Astana Peace Process, is making efforts to expand the tension-free areas in Syria".

The most recent Syria talks attended by the foreign ministers in Astana were held on March 16.

Yet the latest talks in Moscow came as the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7 has prompted sharply differing responses from Turkey and Russian Federation.

A Syrian official said on Thursday that Syria's government forces had discovered a depot of German and UK-manufactured chemical weapons left by terrorists in Douma.

"Today, the USA supports terrorist organizations, and this has to stop", Cavusoglu said.

The EU and United Nations are the main advocates of a political solution, but countries from the region such as Iran and Turkey and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's main backer, Russia, simply refuse to diffuse the conflict, according to EU High Representative-Vice President Federica Mogherini.

US President Donald Trump maintains he will review the accord, in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions.

Lavrov said they "set back efforts to promote the political process" and Zarif criticised Washington's "destructive role".

He added than US-led strikes in Syria following a chemical attack on an opposition town had "seriously aggravated the situation". He noted that the White house statement of support for the territorial integrity of Syria is "just words".

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Aid Mark Lowcock called the move a "good start", but said key large donors, including the United States, need to make up their mind about how much they are willing to pledge to help Syrians affected by the war.

Today, Sergei Lavrov held a special meeting in Moscow with their allies to review potential peace talks.

The top Turkish diplomat urged every actor in the worldwide community, including those trying to torpedo the political process, to contribute to the political process instead.

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