0808 GMT February 17, 2020
In a meeting with Russian President's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev on Wednesday, Shamkhani said Iran will give a crushing response to the elements behind the attack on Iran’s ‘Sabiti’ oil tanker that would make them regret the move, IRNA reported.
Shamkhani said insecurity in international maritime routes was a dangerous factor that could lead to regional crises.
He said the perpetrators sought to create a new wave of tensions in the region.
Shamkhani also warned of a new American plot to revive the Daesh terrorist group and spread insecurity in the Middle East, calling for vigilance and coordination among the regional countries for combatting the measures that result in instability and insecurity, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He denounced the use of double standards in the war against terrorism, stressing that a main priority in the fight against terrorism must be the settlement of issues in Syria’s Idlib.
Shamkhani voiced opposition to Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria, calling for an immediate end to any measure aggravating regional insecurity and crisis.
“Regional crises, such as those in Syria and Yemen, have no military solution and must be resolved through diplomacy and Syrian-Syrian and Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue,” the Iranian official said.
Any act of aggression and war against the regional countries would serve the destabilizing policies of the US and Israel, Shamkhani stated, adding that people of the countries who have grappled with wars and bloodshed for years could no more stand a new crisis.
For his part, the Russian envoy briefed Shamkhani on the political and military developments in northern Syria as well as Moscow’s negotiations with the warring sides.
Lavrentiev also said that mutual cooperation between Iran and Russia in the political and security spheres would prevent the revival and promotion of terrorism and guarantee sustainable stability and security across the region.
In comments on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Tehran has gained information confirming that the attack on Sabiti was carried out by a state or a number of states.
“The attack on the Iranian oil tanker has been a complicated measure… and was a state-sponsored action,” Zarif said.