UN must play impartial role in Syria

Iran-Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran-Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister says the UN should more actively help Syria reach national consensus.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United Nations should play an active and impartial role in Syria and help the country reach a national consensus.

In a meeting with new UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in New York on Tuesday, Zarif hailed his proper measures to confer with Syrian officials and groups to arrive at political reconciliation.

He stressed the importance of battling Takfiri ISIL militants and said, “The fight against terrorism, whose priority has always been stressed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, has today turned into a priority for the international community.”

The UN envoy, for his part, said it is important to exchange views with all sides in Syria in order to reach broad-based reconciliation in the Arab state.

De Mistura added that he would pay visits to regional states to hold consultations and reach a better understanding of the countries’ views including Iran about main approaches to broad-based political reconciliation in Syria.

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