Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa (R) talks with Aladdin Boroujerdi, chairman of Foreign Policy and National Security Committee of Iranian parliament, in Damascus, Sunday, August 26, 2012.
A high-ranking Iranian parliamentary delegation led by senior lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi has met with Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa in Damascus.
After the hour-long meeting in Damascus on Sunday, the chairman of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said the two sides discussed in details the ongoing situation in Syria.
“In the meeting with al-Sharaa, we exchanged views about the [Aug 30-31] summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, the [latest] developments in Syria and the role the Islamic Republic can play to that effect,” Boroujerdi was quoted by IRNA as saying.
In the past days, Syrian opposition activists and certain Arab news networks had spread rumors of al-Sharaa’s defection from President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Boroujerdi also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Saturday the Islamic Republic will put forward its proposal to resolve Syria’s crisis during the NAM summit.
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the same day Tehran’s initiative to settle the Syrian unrest is based on the six-point peace plan proposed by the former UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ for the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.