Iran, UN envoys discuss Syrian crisis
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian discussed the issue of Syrian crisis with the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura over the telephone.
Amir-Abdollahian criticized the participation of some "terrorist" figures in a recent round of peace talks in Switzerland, IRNA news agency reported.
"The only way to end Syrian crisis is through political solutions and the participation of some of the known terrorist figures in Switzerland is not a constructive measure," the deputy foreign minister said.
A UN Security Council resolution in December last year approved a draft resolution on peace process in Syria. According to the resolution, Syrian government and opposition groups should attend peace talks to find a solution for putting an end to the crisis.
However just a few days after launching the talks in the Swiss City of Geneva, the UN suspended peace talks suggesting that they will be resumed soon. Syrian sides keep blaming each other for the collapse of the talks.
According to IRNA, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head Iran's delegation in a meeting of the International Syria Support Group on Feb. 12.
Over 250,000 people have died and at least 11 million have been displaced in Syria, since the crisis broke out in 2011.