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Vienna talks on Syria positive step: Iran official

8 December 2015 9:53



An Iranian official has described efforts by the United Nations (UN) to resolve the Syrian conflict, including the two rounds of talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, as a positive step forward.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remark on Monday.

“We welcome any positive step [taken] by various players toward helping the resolution of the conflict in line with respect for [Syria’s] sovereignty and people’s votes, and toward entrusting the Syrians themselves with [the country’s] political fate,” he said.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria has thus far claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the UN.

The UN appointed several special envoys to work to bring about a solution to the conflict. Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura currently holds the post.

The first Vienna conference on the conflict in Syria was held in the Austrian capital on November 14, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Efforts to end the Syrian conflict have recently seen two rounds of talks – participated by Iran – in Vienna, one on October 30 and another on November 14. The talks have produced a general communiqué only, but marked substantial progress compared with previous talks held in the Swiss city of Geneva and without Iranian participation.

The Iranian official said, “These efforts can prove fruitful when they take Syria and the region’s realities into account and simultaneously reinforce the fight against terrorism and the advancement of the political process.”

Any decision or measure taken regarding Syria, he said, must be within the framework of the Syrian people’s demands and international law, pivoted on UN instructions, and coordinated with the Syrian government.

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