Syria talks will fail if Iran not invited: MP

An Iranian legislator says the long-awaited Geneva 2 conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria will turn out to be unsuccessful if Iran is not invited to the event.

“The Syria crisis can only be resolved through negotiation and a political solution. As one of the major players, the Islamic Republic of Iran plays an important role in the resolution of regional crises, including the Syria conflict,” member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hadi Shoushtari said on Monday.

He added that the world’s renowned diplomats unanimously believe that the resolution of Syria problems is impossible “without Iran’s support and cooperation.”

“Any legal power transition option that is accepted by the Syrian nation is legitimate, and is welcomed and supported by all groups and currents. Nevertheless, the resolution of the Syria crisis has some preconditions that must be taken into account,” the Iranian lawmaker pointed out.

On September 29, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi stated that it would be beneficial if Iran takes part in the Geneva 2 conference, noting that there is the possibility of inviting the Islamic Republic.

On August 12, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov described Iran as an important regional player that can greatly contribute to the settlement of the Syria conflict, voicing Moscow’s eagerness for Iran’s participation in the conference

Syria has been gripped by deadly turmoil since 2011. Reports indicate that Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.

By Press TV


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