‘Counter-Terror Steps Taken by Iran, Russia Bearing Fruit in Syria’

The steps taken by Iran and Russia in the fight against terrorism in Syria are bearing fruits, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Tuesday.

He raised the issue at the end of his three-day visit to Russia, explaining about his visit and the meetings held on the sidelines of the 137th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Russia’s St. Petersburg.

“Iran and Russia are playing significant role in establishment of security and fighting terrorism (in Syria),” Larijani told reporters.

“In general” he added “our efforts in Syria have yielded result”.

“It needs complementary measures about which talks were held with (Russian President) Putin and other Russian officials,” Larijani noted.

The Iranian speaker pointed to his meetings with representatives of other countries on the sidelines of this international conference and said that officials from other countries shared common stances with Islamic Republic on key issues regarding establishment of security in the region.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the religious and ethnic issues have been used for igniting conflicts in the region, he said, noting that foreign intelligence services are almost behind such provocations.

Iran and Russia cooperation in fighting terrorism in Syria has helped decline of Takfiri terrorism in the war-torn region. Tehran and Moscow in cooperation with Ankara initiated a diplomatic effort for resolution of the Syria crisis. Their diplomatic efforts in the Kazak capital, Astana resulted in establishment of four de-escalation zones in the country.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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