FM: Iran to seek peaceful solution to Syria even without Geneva 2 participation
Iran intends to contribute to peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict that has lasted almost three years, even if it is not invited to the Geneva 2 conference, RIA Novosti reported citing Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
"Iran will in any way contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria, as its resolution is in the interests of Iran's national security. That is our position," the minister said in his interview with RT TV Channel.
In addition, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic said that, despite the different views of Iran and Turkey to what is happening in Syria, the positions of the two countries "largely agree".
"For example, on such issues as the unacceptability of extremists governing in Syria, the need for a ceasefire,humanitarian assistance to needy Syrians. Obviously, some of our views do not coincide, but we try to reduce these discrepancies to a minimum and work towards reaching our common goals," the minister said.
The Geneva 2 peace conference is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Montreux, Switzerland. Several countries, including the United States and Saudi Arabia do not want Iran attended the meeting.
Translated by M.L.
Edited by C.N.