Syrians must enter dialogue to end crisis: Iran diplomat

Deputy Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Press TV -(Mon Mar 17, 2014) A senior Iranian diplomat has called for a global effort to help resolve the crisis in Syria by facilitating dialogue among the opposing factions.

“World countries and regional organizations must help devise a political solution in Syria based on a democratic process through Syrian-Syrian dialogue,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a Monday meeting with UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Tehran.
Amir-Abdollahian underscored the need for a serious campaign against regional terrorism, particularly in Syria, and voiced Tehran’s support for Brahimi’s efforts to help resolve the crises across the Middle East and Syria.
The Iranian diplomat added that the key to resolving the Syrian crisis is border control measures to stop arms trafficking and the infiltration of foreign-backed militant groups.
Brahimi, for his part, praised Iran’s efforts to help find a peaceful solution for this issue, calling for the expansion of Iran’s relations with regional countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, as a “highly effective and constructive” strategy.
Despite insistence by the UN, Russia and other international players that Iran must be involved in resolving the crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic did not participate in the previous international talks on Syria in the Swiss city of Geneva due to opposition from the United States.
The second round of talks between delegations representing the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in Geneva was deadlocked in mid-February with both sides sticking to their positions.
The Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority, but the opposition insisted that formation of a transitional government and resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.

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