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    Russia, Iran Back Political Resolution of Syrian, Yemeni Crises

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    Moscow and Tehran agree that there is no alternative to the political settlement of the crises in Syria and Yemen, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahiyan discussed in a phone call earlier on Monday the situation in the war-torn Syria and Yemen.

    "The sides underlined that there was no alternative to finding a political solution to the Syrian and Yemeni crises in line with the international law and the UN Charter," the ministry said in a statement.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011 as government forces loyal to President Assad have been fighting several opposition and radical Islamist militant groups, including Nusra Front and Islamic State.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between Shiite Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition, and forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia. In late March, the Saudi-led international coalition began airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen at the request of the Yemeni president-in-exile, as well as imposing a land, sea and air blockade on the country.


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