FM reiterates Iran’s readiness for attending Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again underlined that Tehran is ready to take part in the planned International Geneva II Conference on the Syrian crisis.

Zarif Tuesday expressed Iran’s readiness for attending the planned international Geneva II conference on Syria but “only if asked”.

“We are not begging to be invited. If they ask us to go, we will go, without any conditions, and we do not accept any conditions,” the top Iranian diplomat stated, Al-Monitor reported.

On Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting with UN and Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in New York, “If invited without any preconditions, Iran will participate in the Geneva II conference in order to help resolve the Syrian crisis.”

During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Iranian president urged an immediate settlement to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Brahimi, for his part, briefed the Iranian president on the latest developments in Syria and said he would like to see Tehran attend the upcoming Geneva II conference.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underlined that Tehran is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle-Eastern country.

Last November, Iran hosted a meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition to encourage them to start talks to find a political solution to their problems. The National Dialogue Conference kicked off work in Tehran in mid-November with the motto of “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy”.

The meeting brought together almost 200 representatives of various Syrian ethnicities, political groups, minorities, the opposition, and state officials.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

By Fars News Agency


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