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Iran urges immediate humanitarian aid delivery to Syria

19 March 2016 9:10


A senior Iranian official says humanitarian aid must immediately be dispatched to conflict-stricken Syria, particularly the northern towns of Kafriya and Fu’ah in Idlib Province, which remain besieged by terrorists.

In a Friday telephone conversation, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, discussed the latest developments in Syria following the conclusion of the latest round of Syria peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Amir-Abdollahian also commended the UN envoy’s bids to solve the Syrian crisis through political approaches and stressed the importance of holding intra-Syrian dialog.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura

The Iranian diplomat further criticized efforts by some known terrorist figures to attend the Geneva talks, saying such moves would be detrimental to the political process in Syria.

The UN envoy, for his part, hailed Iran’s fight against terrorism in Syria and its support for finding a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country.

De Mistura added that the UN would make more efforts to send humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

‘Useful talks’

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari, who also heads the government delegation to the negotiations, assessed on Friday as useful the latest session of talks between the Syrian government’s delegation with de Mistura, saying the talks focused on a government position paper on the “basic elements of a political solution” of the crisis.

Syrian government’s head of delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari attends a news conference after a meeting on Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

“The approval of this paper which we called the basic elements will lead to a Syrian-Syrian dialogue that is serious and will contribute to the building of our country Syria.

“Approving these principles will open a serious dialogue under Syrian leadership without foreign intervention and without preconditions,” Ja’afari told reporters after the longest session of the talks so far.

The UN-brokered peace talks, aimed at resolving the five-year crisis in Syria, resumed in Geneva on March 14.

The first round of the discussions was halted on February 3 after the opposition refused to continue the talks.

Syria has been grappling with foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. More than 470,000 people have been killed in the past five years of turmoil in Syria, according to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

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