Iran urges quick, diplomatic solution to Syrian unrest
Press TV -(Sun Apr 28, 2013) Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for stepped-up efforts to resolve the ongoing unrest in Syria through understanding and dialogue.
In a meeting with Essam el-Haddad, foreign relations advisor to Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, in Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian president said Iran and Egypt share a common stance on the Syrian issue.
Any new government born out of war and conflict in Syria would mean the continuation of insecurity for a long time to come, he pointed out.
“If Syria becomes insecure, the security of other regional countries will be jeopardized and this will threaten the entire region,” Ahmadinejad said.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.
The Iranian president further expressed the Tehran’s readiness to improve relations with Cairo in all fields, saying that Iran will stand by Egypt in its march towards progress.
Ahmadinejad added that Iran and Egypt are among important countries which can resolve all issues by supporting each other.
El-Haddad, for his part, said Egypt calls for fundamental measures to end the ongoing bloodshed and conflict in Syria as soon as possible.
He added that countries such as Iran and Egypt shoulder the responsibility to settle the crisis in Syria and prevent foreign interference in the country.
In the course of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca in August 2012, the Egyptian president presented the initiative to establish a contact group on Syria comprising Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
A high-level meeting of the group was held on September 17, 2012 about a week after preparatory talks in Cairo by lower-ranking officials from the four countries.
The Iranian, Egyptian, and Turkish presidents also met in Cairo on February 6 and called for an immediate solution to the crisis in Syria and an end to the bloodshed.
IRNA -(Sun Apr 28, 2013) Ahmadinejad: Iran to stand by Egypt on its path towards honor, development
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iran will stand by Egypt on its path towards honor and development, saying Iran is ready to expand ties with Egypt in all areas.
In a meeting with Essam El-Haddad, Egyptian presidentˈs assistant for foreign relations and external cooperation, Ahmadinejad hailed his recent Egypt visit and termed his talks there as strategic.
He said that Iran and Egypt are among the most important countries in their regions, adding that if the two countries stand by each other all regional issues will be resolved.
He added that joint enemies of the two countries and ill-wishers which are colonialists do not want Iran and Egypt to stand by each other.
On Syrian crisis, he said that Iran and Egypt share close stance on Syria, adding in the Cairo meeting on Syria very good agreements were reached.
If certain groups come to power in Syria through conflict, it will lead to insecurity for a long time and insecurity in Syria threatens the security of all regional countries.
Essam El-Haddad, for his part, said that cooperation between Iran and Egypt can be registered as an historic event.
He criticized the current relations between Tehran and Cairo saying time is ripe to improve bilateral ties.
Hi voiced Egyptˈs willingness to put an end to violence and bloodshed in Syria as soon as possible and said ˈWe should prevent intervention of foreign countries in Syria by taking new initiatives.ˈ