Iran Majlis speaker: Reforms in Syria only possible through dialog
Iran Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani says reforms in Syria can only be achieved through negotiations among all Syrian groups, Press TV reported.
"Reforms in Syria can only be achieved through dialog and negotiation among Syrian groups," Larijani said in a meeting with Ibrahim Boulahya, Chairman of the Algerian Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Saturday.
He underlined the need for finding a political and diplomatic solution to Syria unrest and said reforms in Syria cannot be obtained by sending weapons into the country and killing innocent people.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani called for more interaction and cooperation among Islamic countries in defending the rights of the Palestinian people.
Regarding Iran-Algeria ties, he said Tehran holds a brotherly and friendly attitude toward Algiers and added that Majlis supports any effort to increase political and economic cooperation with the African country.
Larijani also urged more negotiations and consultations between officials of the two countries on regional and international developments.
The Algerian lawmaker, for his part, pointed to historical and cultural commonalities between the two countries and added that the Algerian nation and government seek expanded political, economic and cultural ties with Iran.