Lavrov discussed with Zarif Syria and the situation around Qatar

ASTANA, June 9. /TASS/. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the SCO summit held a meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Javad Zarif to discuss the Syrian issue and the situation in Qatar.

“They said (with Zarif) on the progress in the Syrian settlement and the impact on these processes and our collective efforts can have the story around Qatar,” Lavrov said to journalists.

The position of Iran to Qatar similar to Russia, Tehran is in favour of resolving the crisis through dialogue, said the Russian foreign Minister.

“Our President (Vladimir Putin) and told our representatives that this crisis (around Qatar) was resolved at the negotiating table, so that all concerns had been shot through the dialogue, Lavrov said to journalists. – Iran takes the same position”.

June 5, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya’s interim government, the Republic of Maldives and Republic of Mauritius announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Doha, citing the Emirate’s support of terrorism and extremist ideology, and its hostile policies and intervention in the Affairs of Arab States. Later they were joined by Mauritania and Comoros, Jordan and Djibouti have lowered the level of diplomatic mission. A number of countries announced the adoption of a series of other measures, including the cessation of Maritime and air links, the expulsion of diplomats and citizens of Qatar.