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German Foreign Minister Steinmeier urges Iran to work towards peace in Syria

Iran should use its influence to get the Syrian regime to discuss political transition, Berlin's top diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier says

Baku. 17 October. REPORT.AZ/ Iran should use its influence to get the Syrian regime to discuss political transition, Berlin's top diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier told an Iranian newspaper. He gave the interview ahead of an official visit to Tehran, Report informs referring to foreign media. 

Germany and Iran must have a joint interest to "stop the bloodshed," in Syria, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told "Iran," the newspaper close to the Tehran government.

"I would like to see Iran using its influence to bring the Syrian government to the negotiating table, in order to discuss the beginning of the political transition process," Steinmeier said in an interview published on Saturday.

Only after the war ends, could there be a successful response to the extremists in the "Islamic State" group, which "spreads every day, like a tumor, amidst chaos and violence," Steinmeier commented.

The foreign minister also said he hoped for progress on solving conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, which together with Syria have "sparked the biggest refugee disaster since the end of the World War II."

Steinmeier is visiting Iran on Saturday and Sunday, and is due to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani. It is the first official visit by a German foreign minister in 12 years.

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