Hossein Amirabdollahian

Dialogue only solution to crisis in Syria, Yemen: Deputy FM

Tehran, April 1, IRNA – Political dialogue is the only way to resolve regional issues, including the crisis in Yemen and Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Wednesday.

Speaking in the third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, he praised the UN and Kuwait for holding the conference.

Amirabdollahian noted that Iran supports reform in Syria and in the meantime rejects foreign interference in the country.

Unfortunately, terrorism was manipulated as a tool by certain countries to realize their goals but it resulted in destabilization of the region and caused bigger problems for advocates of terrorists, he added.

Amirabdollahian said that Tehran supports UN Envoy Staffan Domingo de Mistura’s proposals for peaceful resolution of Syria crisis.

International community should prevent logistic support for Takfiri terrorists in order to stop violence in the war-torn region, he underlined.

Amirabdollahian said that foreign attack on Yemen is against the international rules and regulations which have guaranteed countries’ sovereignty.

The official called for stop of violations in Yemen and implementation of agreements among all Yemeni political factions.

Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs left Tehran for Kuwait on Sunday to participate in the third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon invited foreign ministers of 80 countries to attend the meeting.

On the sidelines of the conference, Amir Abdollahian conferred with delegates of the United Nations, Kuwait and other countries present in the meeting on the latest regional developments.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Thousands of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

Tel Aviv, Washington, Ankara and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.