Iran Renews Support for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

Zarif-Staffan de Mistura
Zarif-Staffan de Mistura

The new UN envoy for Syria paid a visit to Iran to compare notes with Iranian officials as to how the Syrian crisis can be defused.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with United Nations Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Sunday stressed that Tehran still believes that the Syrian crisis can be soothed only through a political solution.

“The international and regional players should do their utmost efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis on the basis of the existing realities in Syria,” Zarif said during the meeting in Tehran today.

At the meeting, Zarif and Mistura reviewed the latest regional developments, particularly the Syrian crisis.

The two sides also reiterated the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri terrorists to the entire region.

Zarif wished success for Mistura during his tenure as UN envoy on Syria.

Mistura arrived in Tehran on Sunday morning to confer with senior Iranian officials on ways to settle Syria’s over-three-year-long crisis.

Mistura, who was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the new UN envoy for Syria in mid-June to replace Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Iran to expand consultation with Tehran officials who on many occasions have stressed peaceful settlement of crisis in Syria.

On Friday, Mistura in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fathali praised Tehran’s constructive role in resolving the Syrian crisis.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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