TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Tuesday that it is mulling plans to send observers to Syria to monitor the country’s sensitive presidential election in June.
“We are studying the issue and once we take a decision in this regard, we will announce it,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Stressing Tehran’s emphasis on finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis and holding Syrian-Syrian talks, she said, “We think that the world community is gradually understanding that paying attention to the realities to settle the problems in Syria is helpful and attention to the Syrian nation’s demands should underlie any decision and we hope that this realism will spread and increase.”
Last Monday, Speaker of the Syrian People’s Council, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham sent messages to parliament speakers of friendly countries inviting their delegations to Damascus to monitor the presidential election slated for June 3.
“We invite groups of deputies and experts from the countries that take an objective stance on the Syrian events. We will be grateful to our colleagues if they take part in the monitoring of a free and democratic atmosphere of the vote,” the speaker said, noting that it would be the first in the country’s history election on an alternative basis.
“The Syrian people will be electing the head of state in conditions of a hostile information campaign unleashed by Western and Arab media outlets that has continued since the start of the crisis until the present moment. Its aim is to distort the real situation for the sake of a plot to destroy the country,” the speaker said.
“Those who wage war against Syria do not conceal their spite and concern over the fact that the election will proceed within the timeframe envisaged by the Constitution. They are trying to openly interfere in internal affairs, although it is the sovereign right of the Syrians themselves to determine when exactly to elect the president,” al-Laham said.
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