Iran and Russia have agreed to inform each other on consultations with third parties on settlement of the Syrian crisis, Iran’s Defense Minister General Hossein Dehghan said during a news conference on Aug. 20, while commenting on the Russia-U.S. consultations on Syria.
"We have agreed with Russia to share with each other contents of talks on Syria we have with third parties," the minister said. "Disputes between the Russian Federation and the U.S. regarding future of the Syrian regime still remain."
"As for the Islamic Republic of Iran, its position is [President Bashar] Assad is a key figure in the Syrian leadership, which is confirmed by the expression of will of the Syrian people," he said. "We shall continue insisting on this position."
"Another major dispute between us and the West is what groups are considered terrorist and which not," he continued. "We are confident, both the Islamic State and Al-Nusra, and Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are terrorist groups, while the U.S. say only the Islamic State is terrorist."
"We cannot agree with this position, since as soon as we do so, terrorists will be changing names and will be using other slogans," the Iranian defense minister said.
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