Reports: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Hails Iran’s Role in Mideast


The Algemeiner reports: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov directly challenged US President Donald Trump’s tough stance on Iran this week during a briefing with journalists in Moscow.

Outlets — including Russian state news agency Tass, Iranian official mouthpiece Press TV and Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar — all carried virtually identical reports of Lavrov’s remarks, with Press TV stressing Lavrov’s appreciation for Iran’s “influential role” in Syria’s “peace process.”

“The resolution of problems in the Middle East and North Africa requires the participation of external actors that influence the situation on the ground in one way or another,” Lavrov said. “To a full extent, this also refers to Iran and to what has to be done to settle the Syrian crisis.”

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