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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

We agree in principle to this proposal but the Islamic Republic has made complementary suggestions.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran’s foreign minister says the Islamic Republic agrees “in principle” to the Egyptian proposal for a contact group on Syria, but believes that the group should include Iraq and another state. The initiative of forming a contact group on Syria comprising Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia was put forward by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held on August 14-15 in Mecca. “We agree in principle to this proposal but the Islamic Republic has made complementary suggestions,” Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday. The Iranian foreign minister further said that Tehran has suggested the addition of two countries, including Iraq, to the contact group. He said that Iran's proposal will be discussed in a meeting of the diplomats of the four countries in Cairo on Tuesday. “As an important and influential country in the region and the current head of the Arab League, Iraq can be important in the settlement of the Syrian crisis,” Salehi said. He noted that Iran will decide on Cairo’s proposal for the formation of the contact group after the meeting in Cairo. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are behind the unrest while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. YH/HMV/HJL
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