TEHRAN (Tasnim) – UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Iran’s capital of Tehran on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis with a number of Iranian officials.
During his visit to Tehran, Brahimi will reportedly meet high-ranking Iranian officials in order to exchange views on the highly anticipated Geneva II conference on Syria.
Brahimi has also been to Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey with the aim of pushing for the peace conference in Geneva next month.
His next destination is expected to be Damascus.
Meanwhile, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on October 17 that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Brahimi both support Iran’s presence in the forthcoming Geneva II conference.
In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on October 2, Ban also underscored Tehran’s decisive role in the settlement of the crisis in Syria, stressing the need for Iran’s presence in any international conference on Syria.
Syrian deputy prime minister, Qadri Jamil, said in Moscow last week that a proposed peace conference in Geneva could take place November 23-24.
Iran rejects any conditions for taking part in a long-delayed peace conference on Syria, thus dismissing suggestions by the US and some other western countries that Tehran back a call for a transitional government in Damascus.
Russia and the United States have been pushing to hold the Geneva II conference, which is seen as a chance to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis. The event has been delayed for months.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011 which has killed more than 115,000 people and forced more than 6 million others from their homes. Reports indicate that the western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
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