Zarif: Russia-Iran cooperation leads to defeating ISIS

The three nations launched their peace attempt in the Kazakhstan capital Astana previous year, which they are pursuing independently of a U.S. and UN-backed Geneva initiative.

"However, we are determined to continue these efforts, we agreed on specific steps that our three countries will take individually and together in order to get us all back to the path leading to the implementation of the [UN Security Council] Resolution 2254", Lavrov stressed.

The ministers emphasised the success of their peace talks in Astana, which Lavrov said are "firmly standing on their feet".

Turkey also occupies large parts of northern Syria where it is in competition with US-backed Kurdish forces for territories.

He accused Lavrov of trying to fragment the opposition.

"We will ensure that this aid is provided in the most effective way".

Speaking to reporters before leaving Moscow for Tehran on April 28 night, Zarif said the three guarantors of ceasefire in Syria's de-escalation zones have chose to hold separate talks with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the UN secretary general and also follow up on the decisions made at the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit and those made between Syria representatives in Sochi.

Mr Lavrov also reiterated Russia's contention that the alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma earlier this month was an "artificial pretext" for the missile strikes by the US, Britain and France.

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"I curse those who carried out this massacre", Erdogan said, welcoming Western air strikes in retaliation as "appropriate".

Russian Federation says the attack was staged to discredit its ally President Bashar Assad and this week brought a group of Syrians to the global chemical arms watchdog to back its claims.

Iran and Russian Federation on Saturday slammed Western strikes on Syria over the alleged chlorine or sarin gas attack.

Lavrov rejected USA statements on respecting Syria's territorial integrity as "only words" and said that Washington had designs for the country.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said the trio have a "very shaky" alliance and "there's no way they can reach an agreement" over the suspected chemical attack. "We try to avoid direct frictions and tensions".

Eight rounds of talks under United Nations auspices in Geneva have made little headway, with the Syrian regime showing little interest.

In January, Russia held a showpiece conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi with largely pro-regime delegates, which saw boycotts by the Syrian opposition and made little progress.

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey on April 4 reaffirmed their commitment to work toward achieving a sustainable ceasefire between the warring sides in Syria and bringing peace and stability to the war-torn Arab country.

  • Sonia Alvarado