Iran intensifies dialogue with Syrian opposition
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran has intensified dialogue with certain Syrian opposition groups, Hossein Jaber Ansari, the Islamic Republic foreign ministry spokesman said, Iran's ILNA news agency reported March 1.
Iran maintains contact with certain Syrian opposition groups from the beginning of the crisis, he said, adding that dialogue is underway with opposition groups on various levels. He did not elaborate.
Ansari further said that Syrian opposition includes various social and political spectrums with different approaches and viewpoints.
Interaction with the opposition adhered to peaceful approaches is on the Islamic Republic's foreign policy agenda, however the terrorist groups are Iran's redline, Ansari underlined.
Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government since it views the Assad regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies these accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only provide military consultations to Syrian forces.