"This solution needs quiet diplomacy and Syria is now undertaking such quiet diplomacy between the two countries," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told the paper Al-Anba in an interview in Damascus. "We hope for a satisfactory solution that will lead to resolving the crisis of the British soldiers held captive in Iran."
Al-Moallem did not elaborate on the steps his ministry is taking to resolve the confrontation that began March 23 when the Iranian navy detained the sailors and marines as they conducted an anti-smuggling patrol in the northern Gulf. Iran claims the Britons strayed into its waters, but Britain insists they were in Iraqi waters.
Syria has long been the Arab country closest to Iran, a non-Arab state. The two countries have moved toward each other as they were shunned by the United States and the European Union for their alleged interference in Iraq and Lebanon, and their support of Palestinian militant groups regarded as terrorist in the West.
Britain and Iran have indicated in the past two days that moves are afoot to resolve the crisis. The office of British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that the two sides "share a desire for an early resolution of this issue through direct talks," and Iran signaled that the atmosphere for talks had improved.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year