Next Vienna talks must identify ‘terrorist groups’ in Syria: Iran

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The next meeting in Vienna on the Syrian conflict must draw up a list of “terrorist groups”, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.

“There are two important items on the agenda for the next meeting of Vienna,” Zarif told a news conference with his visiting Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.

“First is determining which groups are terrorists, which is clear to us. And then agreeing on how to proceed from there,” Zarif said.

Iran is the main regional ally of Syria and provides President Bashar al-Assad with financial and military aid, including by posting military advisers on the ground.

Seventeen countries, including Russia, the US, France, and for the first time Iran, met in late October in Vienna to discuss the possibilities of a political settlement of the conflict that has raged for more than four years and left more than 250,000 dead in Syria.

A new round of meetings is to take place soon.