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Salehi: Iran Ready to Cooperate with UN Envoy on Syria


Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi renewed Iran’s preparedness to help the UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, find a solution to the current crisis in Syria.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is completely ready to cooperate with Brahimi because the UN acts impartially,” Salehi told reporters after his talks with Brahimi in Tehran last evening, adding, “This organization and Lakhdar Brahimi, as an impartial body and individual, can take effective steps in this regards.”

“We expect that Mr. Brahimi, with his experience and record in resolving the international crises, can find a peaceful way out of the Syrian crisis through cooperation and work with the regional states and other influential countries.”

He further noted that Iran and the UN envoy believe that violence and massacre must be halted before any other initiative can be taken in Syria.

Brahimi arrived in Iran last evening in a bid to meet with senior Iranian officials.

Brahimi’s trip to Tehran came after similar official visits to Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Friday and Saturday.

And finally on the four leg of his regional tour, Brahimi is scheduled to pay a visit to Iraq on Monday.

Iranian officials have already told Brahimi that Iran is perfectly ready to help him to set up peace in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

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