Iran participate in Syria talks
The Hezbollah deputy secretary general has underlined the significance of Iran's presence in the long-awaited international peace conference on Syria, Press TV reported.
In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Sheikh Naim Qassem said that the conference would yield successful results if all influential parties, including Iran, would attend the talks on the Syria crisis.
Iran has repeatedly stressed a political solution to the Syria crisis, Qassem said, adding that Tehran has expressed readiness to use all it has in power to help reconciliation between the Syrian government and opposition.
He said that such policy could significantly contribute to the resolution of the Syria crisis and the restoration of security, stability and peace to the Arab country.
The Hezbollah official also criticized certain countries' opposition to Iran's participation in the conference, which he said would undermine efforts to achieve a political solution to the ongoing turmoil.
On December 20, UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi had told media that Iran's participation in the Syria peace conference has not been decided yet due to the US opposition.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on December 23 that Iran should be invited to the peace conference on Syria.
The UN has set January 22, 2014, as the date for the talks. The conference will open in the Swiss city of Montreux on January 22, before moving to the UN office in Geneva on January 24.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly crisis since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.