Agency: U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria to visit Iran soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 25 /Trend D. Khatinoglu/
New U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and said that he will soon visit Iran discuss Syrian crisis soon, Fars News Agency reported on Sep.25.
Previously, on September 9, Abbas Araghchi, deputy of Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Brahimi would visit Tehran, without specifying the time of the visit.
During his meeting with Brahimi in the framework of UN General Assembly meeting, which is held in New York, Salehi said that Iran supports diplomatic peaceful resolving of Syrian crisis.
Salehi said that foreign military aid and weapon supply for rebels should be stopped in Syria to stabilize the situation.
Brahimi is a veteran Algerian diplomat, preceding Kofi Annan.
Iran has remained major supporter of Syrian regime leaded by Bashar Assad, who is faced with 18-month long uprising internal war with opposition.
Last week, U.S. officials accused Baghdad of allowing Iran to supply weapons to Assad's forces through Iraqi airspace. Iraq denies the claims, but Western members of the U.N. Security Council blasted Iran on Sep.20 for providing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons to help him to crush the rebels, who are determined to topple his government, Reuters reported.
"Iran's arms exports to the murderous Assad regime in Syria are of particular concern," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told during a meeting on Iran's sanction regime.
More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.