A senior Syrian opposition leader underlined that Iran’s partnership in the Damascus government and opposition talks in Moscow on January 27 would guarantee the success of the meeting.
“In the meeting of the Syrian opposition coalition in Cairo, it was agreed that Iran should be present in any political solution raised for the crisis in Syria since an agreement between the region and the international community is necessary for the settlement of the crisis,” Safwan Akkash, a member of the Executive Office of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB), told FNA on Saturday.
“Iran is a big country and a heavy weight whose absence is illogical,” he added. Akkash underscored that the Syrian opposition is ready to settle the crisis in the country through talks, and the Syrian army should safeguard implementation of the solution if terrorist groups like ISIL or the al-Nusrah Front move to block its implementation.
Many regional and international figures have admitted Iran’s key role in the regional developments, specially in Iraq and Syria.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in September underscored Tehran’s major and important role in settling different problems in the region.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran plays a constructive and effective role in resolving the regional crises and need for making greater use of Iran’s potentials and capabilities and to solve the current problems in the region is necessary today,” Ban Ki-moon said during the meeting in New York.
He emphasized that Iran was a major player also in the Persian Gulf region and could play important roles using its broad capacities and capabilities.
The two sides in the meeting exchanged views on various issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region.