TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Jaafari in Swiss city of Lausanne, where talks on the crisis in Syria are underway.

The Lausanne meeting on Syria started on Saturday with senior diplomats from the UN, US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Turkey in attendance.

Zarif had earlier held a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

The two senior diplomats discussed the latest developments in Syria and the agenda of the ongoing meeting in Lausanne that has brought together senior diplomats for talks on the settlement of a crisis that has plagued the Arab country for more than five years.

Iran was persuaded to take part in the talks after Russia and the other parties accepted part of its conditions and also agreed on an increase in the number of the participants.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

Some 470,000 Syrians have been killed throughout the five years of bloodshed, 4.8 million have fled the country, and 6.6 million have become internally displaced by the violence.