Iran says all nations should help political solution in Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 24
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
All nations should help political solution in Syria, Iran's Foreign Ministry Deputy for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.
Eventually, Syrian people should take decisions for their country, Iran's Fars news agency quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying on October 24.
The most necessary measures regarding Syria are monitoring border countries, launching a full-fledged war against terrorism, parallel with following up political negotiations, he said.
Referring to the meeting between foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Amir Abdollahian said Tehran sees measures taken by the UN and Moscow on fighting with terrorism in Syria as positive.
While continuing talks with the European Union, Iran reiterates the need to focus on political solutions based on realities, he added.
On October 21, Amir Abdollahian said Iran will not work to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power "forever".
He added that Tehran had increased the number of its military advisors there to help Assad prevail against a range of opposing forces in a civil war that has that has killed 240,000 and displaced millions.
"In any political process the role played by Bashar al-Assad will be important," he noted.
"We are not working for Assad to stay in power forever as president. But we are very cognizant of his role in the fight against terrorism and the national unity of that country."
The people of Syria will make the final decision - and whatever decision they take, Iran will endorse, he added.