Iran welcomes political solutions to regional crises, official

Tehran, June 2, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Wednesday said Iran encouraged political solutions to regional crises and stressed critical situations should be settled only by regional peoples.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Director General of Morocco’s Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) Khalil Al-Hashem Al-Idrisi.

Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran welcomes political solutions to regional crises and criticized foreign interference in the region.

The official added that Iran did not approve of proxy war in Syria and never wanted to see terrorists for topple President al-Assad government.

On Iran’s operations against terrorists in Iraq and Syrian, he pointed to the 1600-kilometer-long borderline Iran shared with Iraq and said what happens in Syria and Iraq effects Iran’s security as well.

Unfortunately certain regional and foreign security administrations manipulated terrorists for political purposes and provoked unrests in Syria, Amir-Abdollahian noted.

Iran has sent its military advisors to Syria upon the Damascus’ request to fight terrorism in a move to safeguard its security against the threat of terrorists and the danger of Zionist regime, the official added.

He noted that Iran took no measures against the Syrian government’s opposition groups because tehran these groups to have their share in future of Syria.

Amir-Abdollahian underlined that Iran’s proposal for resolution of Syria crisis is based on respecting the ceasefire, formation of national transition government, drafting a new constitution by Syrians themselves and holding parliamentarian and presidential elections there.

He said Syrians themselves should decide about President al-Assad future in a democratic way.

Deputy foreign minister expressed his satisfaction with moderate stance of Morocco towards regional developments.

Commenting on Iran-Saudi relations, the official called for close cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh, adding that dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia is beneficial to both countries, the region and the Islamic World.

He said dialogue will help remove certain misunderstandings between the two countries.

Noting that Saudi Arabia is suffering from misconceptions, he said Riyadh holds the false notion that Iran in involved in secret talks with the US regional issues while the truth is Iran talked with Americans only on nuclear issues.

Amir-Abdollahian criticized Saudi Arabia for its decision of cutting ties with Iran and said despite Saudi actions, Iran supported resolution of Yemen crisis and accepted Saudi demand for Iran’s help in this regard.

The official expressed the hope that ties with Saudi Arabia will resume its normal conditions.

Director General of Morocco’s Maghreb Arab Press for his part praised successful nuclear negotiations of Iran with world powers, adding that his country is ready to mediate resolution of regional problems.

The official hailed Iran’s key role in resolution of regional crises.