UN envoy for Syria holds talks with Iranian ambassador in Beirut

BEIRUT: U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura held talks with the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Friday before he left for Tehran, saying Iran should be consulted on Syrian and regional affairs.

His meeting with Mohammad Fathali was mainly in preparation for de Mistura’s visit to Tehran Saturday as part of his tour in the region, including Lebanon where he held talks with several government and party officials.

The Iranian ambassador offered his assessment of the situation in Syria, the U.N. office in Beirut said.

“The special envoy was attentive and noted it was important that Iran remain consulted on this and other files in the region,” the envoy’s office said in a statement.

During his two-day visit to Beirut, the envoy met with several officials, including Hezbollah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem, and discussed the crisis in Syria.

Discussions with Lebanese figures centered on the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and the need for a solution to end the conflict in neighboring Syria.

By The Daily Star


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