Lavrov, Brahimi stress importance of dialogue to resolve crisis in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi reiterated the importance of dialogue among all sides in Syria without preconditions in order to end violence and resolve the crisis in the country.

In a statement on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov and Brahimi discussed in a phone call the prospects of convening the international conference on Syria and exchanged viewpoints regarding a political and diplomatic settlement in Syria.

The two sides stressed that only through dialogue on equal footing between all sides in Syria without any preconditions can there be an end to violence in Syria, which would lead into detailed discussions of the country’s future.

Russia and the US reached an agreement to hold the international conference on Syria in Geneva following talks between Lavrov and US counterpart John Kerry on August 9th, but Washington continued to stall and employ double standards, as the US would announce its support for a political solution while continuing to support and arm terrorists in Syria.

Gatilov: conference wouldn’t be held in next September

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov reiterated his country’s stance which calls for holding the international conference on Syria due in Geneva, saying that Russia didn’t receive till now a clear confirmation that the opposition is ready to participate without preconditions.

“It seems that the conference wouldn’t be held in next September as there are other procedures on the Ministerial level that should be done,” Gatilov said.

“During the last stage, we were trying to convince the US that Iran is an important regional player and that its participation in the conference could positively effect in reaching ways to settle the crisis politically,” Gatilov added.

He referred to a lot of issues that need discussions in details, mainly relating to the representation of the Syrian opposition in the conference.

By Fars News Agency


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