Iran has called for the inclusion of Iraq and Venezuela in the Egyptian-proposed contact group on Syria, saying that Baghdad and Karakas can contribute to the success of the quartet.
During an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the Saudi city of Mecca in mid-August, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi put forward a proposal for the establishment of a quartet group, comprising Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, to help resolve the Syrian crisis.
On Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian along with representatives from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey attended a meeting in Cairo to exchange views on the situation in Syria.
The Iranian diplomat also welcomed Egypt’s proposal to hold the second round of the talks at the foreign ministerial level as a positive step toward the promotion of common points on resolving the unrest in Syria.
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.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, adding that there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Tawfiq al-Jarrad, a political analyst from Damascus, to elaborate further on the issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Mr. Jarrad, for months and months now we are seeing these operations continuing. The fact is though the Syrian army is continuing its operations against the insurgents, every day we are hearing reports of insurgents being killed, of the army taking over certain areas. It does not look like this is going to end any time soon, what do you think?
Just to take into consideration when we are talking about the Syrian army, that our Syrian army is facing an outside invasion which according to Robert Mood is composed of 300 groups, each one is composed of at least 1000 men.
Therefore, we are facing, we are waging a war inside Syria; we are facing an external invasion in our land; therefore the Syrian army is trying to push out the mercenaries who came from outside of Syria for nothing but to kill and to kill and to kill so as to create a new Afghanistan or a new Iraq in Syria or, let me say, they are going to create a new Yemen in Syria, so as to leave the United States to prevail all over the Middle East while, at the same time, the outside factors who are the players are trying to cut the relations between Syria and Iran.
There is a statement that has been quoted by [Anthony Crook] who is the group of crisis man and The Guardian wrote [about him] on November 4th last year, they said the king [of Saudi Arabia] has told me that we ought to weaken Iran or to weaken Syria; we have to sever the relations between the two countries and then to weaken Syria means that we are able to destroy Iran. Therefore Syria will [not be] fighting internal problems or facing internal problems [which] means that Iran also should face the same problems.
Therefore when they reach the apex of victory, it means that the line joining Syria, Iran and the resistance headed by Hezbollah…
Looking at the efforts that have been made in order to resolve the crisis that Syria is facing, the latest efforts we can refer to the quartet made up of Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Are you hopeful that this quartet can bring about any solution to the crisis? I mean they have been calling for an end to the violence before anything can be achieved but how can an end to the violence be achieved in the first place?
As for the quartet meeting that is to be held in Cairo grouping Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, we should take into consideration that three parts of this group are pro-American; therefore, can we say that they are trying to help to bring out an American solution to the crisis? I think perhaps or may not be.
The second point that we should take into consideration is that Saudi Arabia, turkey and Egypt all took a contrary situation [position] against the Syrian problem; they are waging war; they are taking part in such a war; they are funding, fueling all the mercenaries who are coming [from] outside. Therefore, who is going to solve the question?
Therefore, we are beating at the role that Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi is going to play when he arrives in Damascus as it has been reported today the beginning of the next week.
I think he is going to say that this is the situation I have reaped from our talks in Cairo.