Abdollahian: Iran will continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria

Tehran, SANA- Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian affirmed that Iran will continue supporting its allies and will exert all possible diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria in the framework of diplomatic solutions and through a political program.

Abdollahian expressed during an interview given to al-Alam TV channel on Monday optimism over finding a political solution for the crisis in Syria, pointing out that a strategic shift in the regional players’ view towards Syria has taken place, where an important part of the concerned parties are believing that political solutions are the best choice for resolving the crisis.

“Tehran and Moscow share the same view about the political future in Syria in a way that guarantees the Syrian citizens’ rights,” he stated, adding that there are common points between Iranian and Russian proposals on resolving the crisis in Syria.

Abdollahian described discussions which took place in Tehran with UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura as “good,” clarifying that de Mistura has suggestions which he will present it to UN Security Council soon, and Iran has announced openly its viewpoint regarding these suggestions.

He said that combating terrorism is an important issue, but it should be governed by international laws and in coordination with Syrian government and without violating states’ sovereignty

Abdollahian said that Iran disagrees with Turkey regarding the crisis in Syria and its political future, stressing that Tehran does not support any steps that lead to impinging on the sovereignty of Turkey’s neighbors, adding that Iran has been a forerunner in helping Syria, Iran, and other countries in fighting terrorism.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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