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Iran must be part of Syria solution: Obama

US President Barack Obama says the crisis in Syria will not be resolved without support from Iran, Russia, Turkey and other regional countries.

“In order for us to resolve [the Syrian crisis], there is going to have to be agreement among the major powers that are interested in Syria that this is not going to be won on the battlefield,” Obama said on Wednesday during a press conference in the White House.

“Iran is one of those players, and I think it’s important for them to be a part of that conversation,” the US president added.

He went on to say that “it’s not the job of the US president to solve every problem in the Middle East.”

“I do agree that we’re not going to solve the problems in Syria unless there’s buy-in from the Russians, the Iranians, the Turks, our (Persian) Gulf partners,” Obama said.

“It’s too chaotic, there are too many factions, there’s too much money and too many arms flooding into the zone,” he continued.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. The United States and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 230,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for nearly four years.

Since September last year, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

By Press TV