Iran receives verbal invitation to attend Geneva talks on Syria: Deputy FM

Deputy Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Press TV -(Wed Jun 12, 2013) Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs says Tehran has received a verbal invitation to attend the upcoming international conference on Syria in Geneva, Press TV reports.

“We received a verbal invitation to take part in the second Geneva Conference. Iran is a serious part of solving the crisis in Syria,” Hossein Amir-Abdullahian told Press TV on Tuesday on the sidelines of a press conference in Russia’s capital, Moscow. 
UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said on June 7 that the international conference to resolve the crisis in Syria might be held in July. The peace talks had originally been planned to be held in June. 
Amir-Abdullahian added that the participation of Iran and other influential countries is key to settling the crisis in Syria.
Amir-Abdullahian had earlier said that Iran would make a final decision on taking part in the conference after receiving a written invitation.
The Iranian official said during the Tuesday press conference that Western countries led by the US are responsible for the ongoing violence against the Syrian people and the spread of insecurity to the neighboring countries.
Amir-Abdullahian added that the US and European countries continue to send weapons to Syria “despite the active presence of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front” in the country.
Elaborating on Tehran’s stance on the crisis, the deputy foreign minister said, “Iran simultaneously supports the Syrian people, political opposition and reforms by the government of [Syrian president] Bashar al-Assad.”
Pointing to the upcoming election in Iran, the diplomat said the change of president and administration in the country will have no bearing on Tehran’s policy on Syria, and the Islamic Republic will, as part of its strategic plan, continue to support Syria for its role in the anti-Israeli resistance front.
The crisis in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting in Syria are foreign nationals. – See more at:

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