FM: Iran Ready to Facilitate Syria-Turkey Talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated his country’s readiness to help Syria and Turkey to hold talks, stressing the necessity for prevention of escalation in tensions.

“Iran reiterates its readiness to facilitate dialogue among brother neighbors Turkey and Syria,” Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Tuesday.

“Escalation of tensions only serves interests of terrorists and their sponsors,” he added.

“Avoidance of bloodshed and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity is imperative,” Zarif said.

In relevant remarks last week, senior Aide to the Iranian Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Asqar Khaji had also voiced his country’s preparedness to help resolve disputes between Turkey and Syria.

“Tehran minds saving civilians’ life and preventing using them as human shield,” Khaji said in a meeting with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen in Tehran.

During the meeting, both sides also discussed the latest developments in Syria, specially in Idlib, constitution committee, reconstruction, forming work group to exchange refugees and other humanitarian issues.

They also reviewed Iran-UN joint cooperation on helping to resolve Syrian crisis.

Khaji elaborated on the latest developments in Syria and Idlib and underlined the importance of fighting against terrorism and Sochi agreement.

He noted the Iran stresses saving civilians’ life and preventing to misuse them as human shield.

Iranian diplomat and UN envoy underscored the importance of solving Syrian crisis through political procedures through Intra-Syrian talks.

Meanwhile, Pedersen presented a report about ongoing movements and his meetings with Syrian officials.

He also appreciated Iran’s support for continued activities of Syrian constitutional committee.

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