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Zarif Conferred with Top Foreign Diplomats on Developments in Syria, Region

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday made separate phone conversations with high-ranking diplomats to discuss latest developments in region, Syria in particular.

During his conversations with the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as his Russian, Omani, Syrian and Algerian counterparts, Sergei Lavrov, Yusuf bin Alawi, Walid al-Muallem and Mourad Medelci, the Iranian foreign minister highlighted the Islamic Republic’s stance on the need for the establishment of an international fact-finding committee to investigate the recent chemical attack in Syria.

The senior officials exchanged views about the terrible suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province, which killed at least 86 people.

On Friday, the US military attacked the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airfield near Homs with 59 Tomahawk missiles. Officially announcing the strike, US President Donald Trump claimed that the targeted airfield had launched the chemical attack.

Earlier, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had said that the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the use of chemical weapons regardless of who uses them.

The Americans carried out the assault on the Syrian airbase under a pretext which is neither “documented nor clear”, Rouhani said.

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