Iran FM: Diplomacy only solution to Syria crisis (UPDATE)

Politics Materials 4 February 2016 18:46 (UTC +04:00)

Headline changed, details added (first version posted on 18:31)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a political approach through intra-Syrian dialogue is the only solution to the crisis in Syria.

Addressing a donor conference on Syria in London on Thursday, Zarif also called for UN-brokered Syrian peace talks to resume after they were suspended on Wednesday, Iran's Press TV reported on its website.

"We hope that the pause in the Geneva talks is only temporary," he said.

Zarif also said the "extent of humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria required still more to be done.

He highlighted Iran's aid for internally displaced Syrians, saying Tehran has been regularly providing basic necessities to people there.

"Iran has focused on providing aid to these internally displaced Syrians," said Zarif.

The minister estimated Iran's humanitarian aid at $2.5 billion so far through sending ambulances, tents, blankets and basic necessities.