German chancellor welcomes Iran’s participation in any Syria talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed potential involvement by Iran in any negotiations to end the conflict in Syria.
Answering a question at a Monday news conference in the German capital, Berlin, Merkel said, “I think Iran has a lot of influence over what happens in Syria. And everyone is welcome to participate constructively in the negotiations.”
Syria has been the scene of a deadly turmoil since March 2011. Reports say the violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 240,000 people.
Since the beginning of the conflict, Iran has emphasized that the only sustainable solution to the crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.
Damascus has also always stressed that any diplomatic effort to resolve the conflict would be in vain if it excludes the Arab country’s friends, including Iran.
Two rounds of UN-mediated talks on Syria, dubbed Geneva I and II, were held in June 2012 and February 2014 respectively without the presence of Iran. Both conferences met with failure after foreign-sponsored opposition figures in the talks refused to discuss the militancy and widespread terrorism in the country.
The crisis in Syria has displaced over 7.2 million people internally and forced more than four million others to flee to neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon.
In a Tuesday interview with Press TV, James Morris, the editor of america-hijacked.com in Los Angeles, said the main reason why certain parties are struggling to exclude Iran from efforts to end the conflict in Syria is that they want “sectarian and ethnic strife” to continue in the region.
“The Zionists want to continue this ethnic and sectarian strife… and the last thing they want is to have Iran help out in resolving” the conflict in Syria, Morris said.
The analyst said Iran is the only party truly fighting the Daesh extremists. “Iran is really the only country now that’s doing anything significant against ISIS (Daesh),” he stressed.
Morris emphasized that the Islamic Republic can play a much more constructive role in resolving the regional woes following the agreement between Iran and the P5+1.
Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached an agreement dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.