France, Russia FMs to talk ahead of Syria meeting

28th October 2015, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was set to speak with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the phone later Wednesday ahead of international talks on the Syrian crisis, a government spokesman said.

Spokesman Stephane Le Foll also said France was "in favour" of Iran's involvement in the talks due to take place in Vienna on Thursday and Friday.

"Laurent Fabius will speak by telephone with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. France maintains a dialogue with everyone, particularly with Russia and Iran," said Le Foll, following a cabinet meeting in Paris.

"France is in favour of Iran being invited. France is pushing for all parties to be present," he added.

He also confirmed that France would be taking part in the meetings in the Austrian capital, aimed at forging a peace settlement for Syria.

Iran had earlier said it would take part, having not been invited to similar meetings in 2012 and 2014 in Geneva.

Its foreign ministry did not say who issued the invitation but it followed comments in Washington on Tuesday in which a State Department spokesman said Iran would probably be asked to attend.

The core talks are to take place in Vienna on Friday, but diplomats expect some preparatory or bilateral meetings in Vienna from late Thursday.

© 2015 AFP

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