MP: Iran presence in Syria talks helps results
An Iranian lawmaker says the presence of Iran in the planned Geneva 2 conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria will be beneficial and help the talks yield positive results, PressTV reported.
"We are not insisting on our presence in the conference, and we have a clear policy on the Syria crisis which we have previously declared," member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Wednesday.
"Presence of Iran in the conference will be to the benefit of the participating countries and the conference itself to achieve better results. The Islamic Republic of Iran will take part in the conference if invited and will present its roadmap," he stated.
The Iranian lawmaker further noted that all parties involved in Syria crisis, especially the Western countries contend that the crisis cannot be resolved without contribution from the Islamic Republic.
He stressed that Iran is a mighty and influential country in the Middle East, and for that reason, the Syrian conflict cannot be settled without it.
Naqavi Hosseini said Iran maintains that the Syrian conflict has a political solution and believes that there is no military resolution to the conflict as this will only deepen the crisis.
"If Western countries reach the conclusion that the Syria crisis must be resolved through political means, the Islamic Republic of Iran will certainly be able to play a significant role and as it has so far cooperated with the United Nations representatives, it is ready for any future cooperation," the MP added, alluding to the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi's forthcoming visit to Iran.
On October 20, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Brahimi plans to visit Iran early next week.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Brahimi both support Iran's presence in the forthcoming conference on the Syria crisis.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.