Iran backs global investigation into alleged chemical attack in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has travelled to Moscow upon the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergy Lavrov, met with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

It will be the first meeting between Russia's Sergey Lavrov, Javad Zarif of Iran and Walid Muallem, who represents the Syrian regime, since a USA missile strike on a regime air base in response to a chemical attack last week.

The Iranian foreign minister further condemned the chemical attack in Syria in his conversation with his Brazilian and Bolivian counterparts, Aloysio Nunes and Fernando Huanacuni, the report added.

The ministers "will discuss measures needed to coordinate trilateral steps, so as not to let the situation aggravate and the efforts for a political settlement in Syria be derailed amid the US' armed aggression against Damascus", she said.

On April 13-15, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem is due to pay a visit to Russian Federation on the invitation of Lavrov, she noted, adding Lavrov and Muallem are expected to hold bilateral talks.

He added: "Both sides emphasised that such aggressive actions against a sovereign independent country are a flagrant violation of worldwide law, above all, the UN Charter, create threats for regional security and impair the fight against global terrorism".

United States warships deployed to the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against an airfield southeast of the western Syrian city of Homs on April 7 (Friday).

Russian Federation has argued that the event took place after the Syrian air force undertook an attack on the outskirts of the village in a bid to destroy militant facilities used to produce chemical bombs, though the claim has been dismissed by the USA as "simply not credible".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Moscow on Wednesday but has no scheduled meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

  • Leroy Wright