Leader’s aide: Iran’s Syria position unaffected by Geneva II

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plays a decisive role in the region and will continue adherence to its present stance on Syria irrespective of the possible decisions and results of the Geneva II conference, a close aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader underlined on Wednesday.

“Iran is a decisive country in the region and doesn’t change its view on Syria,” Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel told reporters in Tehran today.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran prefers continuing its correct path to presence in the Geneva II conference,” he added.

Haddad Adel underlined that Iran’s presence or absence in the Geneva II conference would never affect its stance on Syria.

His remarks came after the Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday voiced concern over the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and called on participants in the Geneva II conference to find mechanisms to uproot terrorism in the crisis-hit state.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran voices serious concern over the presence of the terrorist groups in Syria and believes that any regional and international move on Syria should be defined on the basis of war on terrorism,” the statement said.

The Iranian foreign ministry further stressed that “only attainment of a serious solution for stopping terrorism in Syria can prove that arrangement of the Geneva conference has been a necessary and correct”.

The Iranian foreign ministry warned of the spread of terrorism in Syria to other regional and trans-regional states, and said supporters of terrorists should be blamed for the crisis and should stop sending financial and military aids to the armed groups in Syria.

The statement also underlined the necessity for finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on people’s vote, adding that imposing the will of the foreign states on the Syrian people will lead the situation in the country to a deadlock.

The statement was issued as a long-awaited international peace conference on Syria kicked off in the Swiss town of Montreux on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the UN in a shocking move retreated from inviting Iran, a key regional actor, to the Geneva II conference due to the pressures exerted by the US and its allies.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter to Iran on Monday to invite the country to the Geneva II peace conference on Syria. Yet, a few hours later, the US State Department Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, stated that “if Iran does not fully and publicly accept the Geneva I communiqué, the invitation must be rescinded”.

In response to Psaki’s statements, the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman reiterated that Tehran would never accept any precondition for its participation in the gathering.

“We will not accept any preconditions for our presence in the Geneva II and we will take part in the conference as per the invitation (extended to Iran) and without any precondition,” Marziyeh Afkham stressed.

She underscored that Iran has always supported political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said, “In our opinion, the Geneva II conference can provide proper conditions for taking effective steps in this framework.”

The invitation enraged the US, Britain and the main Syrian opposition body, which warned it would not turn up in the Swiss town of Montreux unless Iran conceded on the issue of a transitional government – a central pillar of western-backed attempts to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The US said the UN must take back its invitation.

The threat and the pressures by the US-led West could eventually make Ban Ki-moon rescind his invitation to Iran. Later his Spokesman Martin Nesirky said, “Ban is deeply disappointed at Iran’s statements rejecting the June 2012 Geneva communiqué.”

Addressing a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, Nesirky added, “Given that it has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding, he has decided that the one-day Montreux gathering will proceed without Iran’s participation.”

The 2012 Geneva communiqué outlines measures for a transition of power in Syria, and its key demand means Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have to step down.

As soon as Iran’s invitation was rescinded, Syria’s opposition national coalition immediately confirmed its participation in the forthcoming talks, known as Geneva II.

By Fars News Agency


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