Iran, Turkey call for ceasefire in Syria

d89e6e2eff15f1561adf7a3644784196_LThe Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers have called for a ceasefire in Syria before the upcoming peace conference in Geneva, which is designed to contain the deadly crisis plaguing the Arab state.

According to Press TV, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Tehran on Wednesday “All efforts must be directed at ending the conflict and establishing a ceasefire in Syria even before the Geneva II conference.”
The long-awaited Geneva II conference, which was proposed by the United States and Russia in May, is scheduled to be held on January 22, 2014.
Zarif said Tehran and Ankara have agreed that “there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis” and that all parties should cooperate to politically resolve the turmoil in the war-stricken country.
According to Zarif, the two ministers also held talks on ways to boost the delivery of humanitarian aids to the Syrian people.
Davutoglu, for his part, voiced Ankara’s support for efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire in Syria.
The Turkish minister said “We should not wait until these two months and let the Syrian people suffer a worse situation. Even before Geneva II, the ground should be prepared for reaching a ceasefire which will lead to success at Geneva II.”
The two sides also stated that foreign-backed militants must leave Syria while refugees should be allowed to return home.
Davutoglu also said foreign intervention in Syria is not constructive, adding that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II meeting, which will be a follow-up to an earlier one held in June 2012.

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