Iran and Russia are both interested in eradicating terrorism from Syria as it presents a threat not only to regional states but also to countries beyond the region, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

 

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“I am confident that Russia is interested in bringing peace and a ceasefire [in Syria],” Zarif stressed speaking in New York on Friday.

 

According to the Iranian foreign minister, terrorist groups active in Syria, such as the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh), present a “serious imminent threat” for regional states, as well as Russia, because terrorists can “pop up” in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya.

 

Zarif stressed that Iran and Russia are both focused on the common objective of defeating terrorists in Syria.

 

“But as far as Iran and Russia are concerned, we are not competing to play a military role in Syria, obviously nobody wants to do this,” Zarif said.