Iran, China discuss regional developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian and Chinese officials discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly in Syria, and vowed to do their best to help end the over three-year-long bloodshed in the country.

In a meeting between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping in Tehran on Monday, the two sides stressed the need for peaceful settlement of crisis in Syrian.

He further added that joint efforts of Tehran, Moscow and Beijing prevented terrorist groups and foreign meddlers to repeat Libyan plan in Syria.

Amir Abdollahian said common policy of the three countries on Syria has been successful and this policy should be pursued and strengthened.

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, once again, termed Iran as an influential and constructive actor in the region, and called for its participation in negotiations on the Syrian crisis.

In January, an Iranian parliamentary official voiced Tehran’s preparedness to participate in the International Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria if invited and without any precondition, and called on the organizers of the event to invite all influential actors in the region without discrimination.

“Iran’s presence in Geneva II talks can pave the way for the resolution of the crisis in Syria,” advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said, and underline no meeting on Syria would “yield result without Iran’s participation”.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.

By Fars News Agency


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