Iran confers with Syria on Russia’s initiative to prevent new war in region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran and Damascus held talks over the Monday proposal of Russia to put Syria’s chemical stockpile under international control in a bid to prevent another war in the Middle-East region.

In a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem discussed the latest developments in the crisis-hit Syrian, particularly a new initiative by Russia trying to prevent serious threats of another destructive war in the region.

“Damascus and Tehran believe that Russia’s proposal must put an end to hostilities against the Syrian people and to measures which are taken to support the terrorist and Takfiri groups in the country,” Amir Abdollahian said.

“Damascus and Tehran believe that although Moscow’s initiative provides all sides with an appropriate political opportunity to resolve the Syrian issue peacefully, the entire region must become free of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction,” Amir Abdollahian added.

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he will stop a US plan to strike Syria if the country agrees with the Russian proposal to surrender its possible chemical stocks to international control.

Obama said the Russian proposal could lead to a “breakthrough,” but added that the US will maintain pressure on Syria by continuing his push for Congress to authorize military action.

As the US Congress debates authorizing an attack on Syria, Russia on Monday proposed Syria put its chemical weapons under international control.

The idea is a “potentially positive development”, Obama said, adding that Washington will work with Moscow and the international community “to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious”, the Islam Times reported.

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has welcomed the Russian proposal.

Obama on Monday gave a series of television interviews in an attempt to gain support from lawmakers and public for a limited military strike on Syria.

Recent polls show that the majority of Americans oppose any US military action against Syria.

Media reports suggest that even international allies of the United States are skeptical of Obama’s war plan in the Middle-East.

In recent days, the US, Israel and France have adopted the rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus.

The call for military strike intensified after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed on August 21 that hundreds had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. The Syrian government has strongly denied the claim, accusing the militants of the attack.

By Fars News Agency


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