Bahram Qassemi

Iran resolved to help Syria ceasefire hold: Spokesman

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi stressed that the Islamic Republic will spare no efforts to help maintain the ongoing nationwide ceasefire in war-stricken Syria.

Speaking to the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV network on Sunday, Qassemi underlined that Tehran’s stance on the prolonged Syrian crisis has always been clear and unchangeing.

“The Syrian issue will have no military solution and ultimately a political solution should be reached,” he said, adding that the war cannot continue forever.

“Iran’s principled policy is maintaining the legitimate government of Syria and its territorial integrity and today, in order to preserve these very ideals and aspirations of the Syrian people, we need a serious and stable ceasefire,” the Iranian spokesman stated.

He went on to say that the Islamic Republic, as far as it can and with all its might, will help to preserve the ongoing ceasefire.

The current truce in Syria, which has been negotiated between Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition, excludes groups deemed by the United Nations Security Council as terrorists. This rules out Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

The ceasefire will be followed by a new round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.