MOSCOW :Russia’s defense minister has met with his Iranian counterpart and hailed the two country’s cooperation in Syria.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday at the start of talks with his Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami that “our joint work in Syria has brought appreciable results.”
Russia and Iran both have backed Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the seven-year Syrian civil war, helping Assad’s army turn the conflict in his favor. Shoigu told Hatami that Moscow and Tehran now need to focus on restoring Syria and helping refugees who fled the war to return.
The defense ministers’ talks in Moscow came on the eve of a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Ankara that is expected to focus on next steps in Syria.