Iran, Russia roles vital for Syria settlement: Gul

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has stressed Iran’s and Russia’s vital roles in finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Speaking in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday, Gul noted he has repeatedly mentioned before that Tehran and Moscow must be involved in the resolution of the Syrian conflict, IRNA reported.

He also described a potential consensus among the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as insufficient for the settlement of the crisis in Syria, noting that the viewpoints of regional countries must also be taken into account.

The Turkish president said that a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict could be found through an agreement among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council as well as the participation of countries indirectly involved in the Syrian crisis.

Turning to the long-awaited Geneva 2 conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria, Gul stated that the event must be arranged to produce real results.

On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in the Russian capital, Moscow, to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.

However, the event has remained elusive as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition is divided over taking part in the second round of the Geneva talks. It has repeatedly refused to take part in the conference, setting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal from power as a condition to its participation in the event.

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.

By Press TV


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