Tehran, Iran, December 19
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The Islamic Republic of Iran believes it is UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura who has to designate terrorist groups in Syria, former Iranian ambassador to Jordan Mohammad Irani said.
The remark came after news releases said Jordan has included Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a proposed list of terrorist organizations to be presented before a New York meeting on the Syrian crisis.
Jordan is only tasked with collecting the attending countries' proposed lists, and the list it has presented is not final yet, Irani told Trend December 19.
He added that according to a Geneva-II arrangement, Mistura would have to receive the proposed lists and present a final list that is based on general consensus.
Earlier the day, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif who was attending the New York meeting, severely blasted the inclusion of the IRGC in the proposed lists.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Arab Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said a few hours after the meeting that Zarif had prevented the formation of a "biased" list.
He said that the meeting designated a workgroup of Iran, Russia, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and France to prepare list of the existing terrorist groups in Syria and present it to the UN.
While terrorist groups have no place in the talks, Iran welcomes Syrian opposition groups which believe in political solutions, Amir-Abdollahian stated.