Iran Welcomes Any Initiative for Ending Syria Crisis: FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic of Iran is after a political solution to the war in Syria, and welcomes any initiative that can restore peace to the war-torn country.

In a Monday meeting with Secretary General of France’s Foreign Ministry Christian Masset in Tehran, the Iranian foreign minister expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to send humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

Zarif went on to say that as a country trying to find a political solution to the current crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any initiative put forth by France to achieve the goal.

He further expressed the hope that Iran-France cooperation would continue to expand and said repeated bilateral meetings can remove the obstacles to expansion of bilateral ties, particularly in the economic field.

He also called for continuation of political talks between the two sides.

For his part, Masset referred to the deep relations between Iran and France and said the trade volume between the two sides has been growing significantly after the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.

“France is seeking to remove the current barriers in the way of promoting bilateral relations. We are also trying to find an appropriate mechanism to continue our cooperation,” he said.

The French official also pointed to his country’s stance towards the nuclear deal and said Paris is interested in finding an immediate solution to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

“France is ready to mediate between the conflicting sides of the diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf,” he noted.

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