Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian that he expects him to voice ideas on how a military solution could be prevented in Syria.
"I would like to discuss the situation in the Middle East, first of all the situation in Syria, given the grim and alarming situation surrounding that country," the Russian diplomat said.
"We would welcome your opinion, forecasts and ideas on how we could act in a coordinated and consolidated manner in order to prevent a catastrophe," Bogdanov said.
The Iranian diplomat thanked President Vladimir Putin for his position on the Syrian conflict.
"Vladimir Putin's rigorous position on the war and threat to stability in the region deserves praise," he said.
Abdollahian also said that the search for a political solution of the Syrian conflict is a mandatory condition for ensuring peace, security and stability in the entire region.
"Despite the Americans' and other countries' shallow mentality, we remain convinced that a war, should it spark up in the region, will not yield positive results. It could worsen the situation in the region and in the world as a whole," the Iranian diplomat said.
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