Iran FM urges end to war, bloodshed in Syria

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of putting an end to war and bloodshed in Syria through a Syria-Syrian solution, PressTV reported.

In a Monday meeting with former United Nations Secretary General and head of a group of ex-global leaders known as the Elders Kofi Annan in Tehran, Zarif called for dispatching humanitarian aid to Syria and countering extremism.

He said Iran plays an "undeniable" role in promoting peace, stability and progress in the sensitive Persian Gulf and Middle East regions and expressed Tehran's readiness to strengthen cooperation with regional countries.

Annan and other members of the Elders said Iran can play a more constructive role in the region and across the world.

They expressed their serious concern over the current disastrous situation in the Middle East and urged efforts to reduce the suffering of regional nations and counter sectarianism.

Zarif and Annan called for collective cooperation to counter the spread of extremism and sectarianism in the region.

They also emphasized the significance of bolstering cooperation among regional countries to promote peace, stability and tranquility in the region and to resolve problems through peaceful approaches.

Annan arrived in Tehran early on Sunday along with Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, South Africa's Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo.

The Elders, formed in 2007, is comprised of 12 global leaders who try "to promote peace, justice and human rights," according to its website.

On Saturday, Annan said the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a crucial role in guaranteeing stability in the region.

"If we are going to have peace and stability in the Middle East, it is essential that Iran plays its natural role in the region," he said.

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