Senior Iranian and Greek Foreign Ministry officials have exchanged viewpoints on the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly the crisis in Syria.
In a Saturday meeting in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian discussed the situation in the two strategic regions with Greek Foreign Ministry Director General for Political Affairs, Parasekeh Dimitrius Violus.
During the talks, Amir-Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s stance on regional developments, expressing hope that “during Greece’s rotating presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2014, we will witness further change in the mentioned union’s view on the issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported a political solution and the holding of negotiations and non-interference of foreign [countries] vis-à-vis the issues of regional states, stressing [the need for] respecting the views of people in the region in order to get out of the ongoing crises,” noted the Iranian diplomat.
The Greek official, for his part, expressed concern over the escalating level of violence committed by foreign-sponsored Takfiri groups operating inside Syria, which has been grappling with deadly unrest since March 2011.
Athens supports the convening of the Geneva peace conference which is aimed at finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, he said.
The conference, known as Geneva II, is expected to be held later this month. The international event was proposed by Russia and the United States in May, but the date of the long-awaited meeting has changed many times as Syria’s increasingly divided opposition has so far balked at attending the event.
The two sides also discussed the situation in other Middle Eastern and North African states, including the developments in Egypt, Palestine and Bahrain.
By Press TV
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