Iran welcomes realistic Syria solution: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meets with UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 7, 2013.

Press TV -(Thu Nov 7, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic welcomes the international community’s efforts to find a realistic and political solution for the deadly crisis plaguing Syria.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in the Swiss city of Geneva, where the two diplomats discussed the latest developments in Syria. 
The meeting took place at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on the sidelines of the nuclear talks between Tehran and the six major world powers – the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany. 
During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister reaffirmed Iran’s support for the resolution of the foreign-sponsored crisis in Syria based on Syrian-Syrian dialogue, expressing gratitude to Brahimi for his efforts to end the violence in the country. 
The UN-Arab League envoy, for his part, outlined his political activities over the past weeks to find a peaceful solution for the bloody turmoil, which has killed over 100,000 people in Syria since March 2011. 
On October 26, Brahimi travelled to Iran as part of an extensive Middle East tour to muster support for the convening of the long-delayed Geneva 2 conference on Syria that was proposed by Russia and the US in May. 
During his visit, the diplomat described Tehran’s participation in the planned conference as “natural, necessary and beneficial.” Iran says it is ready to take part in the event “if invited without preconditions.” 
No specific date has been set for the conference so far. The date of the meeting has changed many times as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over attending the event. 

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