Iran stresses political settlement to Syrian crisis, rejects preconditions for Geneva II conference

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry on Tuesday stressed the country’s willingness to help work out a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, but meantime, underlined that the country would not at all accept any precondition for its participation in the Geneva II conference.

“We have announced our official position; the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks a political solution to the Syrian issue and we welcome all solutions that help to the settlement of this crisis,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

Elaborating on Tehran’s position on the Geneva II conference in Switzerland in November, she said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept any precondition for its presence in the Geneva II meeting.”

“If Iran enjoys a role and the power to play a role in attaining a settlement and a Syrian-Syrian solution for the Syrian people’s role-playing in deciding their own fate, naturally, setting preconditions in this regard will not be helpful,” Afkham underlined.

In relevant remarks late September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Tehran is ready to take part in the planned Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis “without any preconditions”.

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

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 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 terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

By Fars News Agency


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