Syrian-Syrian talks key to Geneva II: Iran envoy

Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi has reiterated that the long-awaited Geneva II conference should be based on dialog among Syrian sides if it is to yield results.

Iran has supported a political solution to the turmoil in Syria since the onset of the crisis in the Arab country, and welcomed any initiative based on a political approach, Roknabadi said after a meeting with former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim El-Hoss.

He added that Iran backs the international conference and is ready to attend it provided that it is based on Syrian-Syrian dialog.

Any negotiations not focusing on dialog among Syrians are doomed to fail, Roknabadi said, adding that an agreement between all Syrian sides is also crucial to the success of the talks.

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on October 7 that Moscow and Washington have agreed to push for holding the planned Geneva II conference on the Syria crisis in mid-November.

A day before, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said he was ready for the Geneva II conference, but stressed that he would not negotiate with terrorists.

“We don’t have conditions except that we reject to negotiate with terrorists” unless they lay down their arms and that “the solution should be a Syrian one and the dialog is political,” Assad said.

This comes as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over taking part in the second round of Geneva talks. They have repeatedly expressed reluctance to take part in the conference unless Assad steps down.

The unrest in Syria erupted over two years ago and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

By Press TV


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