June 14, 2016 / 9:12 AM / in 2 years

Syria, Iraq conflicts won't be solved by military alone, Iran says

OSLO (Reuters) - The ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq can’t be resolved through military means alone, Iran’s foreign minister told a news conference in Norway on Tuesday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

“I think we need to agree that there is no military solutions in any of these cases (Iraq or Syria) although there might be a military component. Even for defeating extremists you need more than a military strategy,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Zarif is attending a conflict-resolution seminar in Norway.

Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, writing by Terje Solsvik

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