There are fresh regional and international attempts to open a new military front in southern Syria, and Israel is playing a major role in shaping and implementing this scenario, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday.
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow.
During the talks, the Iranian official reiterated Tehran’s opposition to any military intervention in Syria and called for continued regional negotiation on the issue.
Bogdanov, for his turn, rejected any foreign meddling in peace talks between warring sides in Syria and stressed that Syrian people are the only source to decide for the future of their country.
Referring to earlier talks between the Syrian government and the Western-backed opposition, the Russian official said the negotiations are very complicated and should not be expected to yield results immediately.
On February 15, the second round of talks between delegations representing the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition groups in the Swiss city of Geneva ended in a deadlock, with no new date set for a third round.
During the second round of talks, the Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority while the opposition insisted that the formation of a transitional government and resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.
Damascus strongly rejects the demand, saying only the Syrian people can decide the issue.
The talks came 10 days after the first round of negotiations ended without any positive results.