Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has welcomed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s participation in finding a solution to the Syrian unrest. Lavrov said in an interview with Moskovskie Novosti daily on Thursday that Moscow supported Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s proposal that a quartet group comprising Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia develop initiatives to address the resolution of the Syrian unrest. He said that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council could also work with the four countries of the quartet in resolving the Syrian issue.
Lavrov said that it would be difficult to solve the Syrian issue without Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt as well as Syria’s neighbors.During an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the Saudi city of Mecca in mid-August, 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. The high-level meeting of the group was held on September 17 about a week after preparatory talks in the Egyptian capital by lower-ranking officials from the four countries. Russia has repeatedly highlighted Iran’s role in finding a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria. Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. AR/AZ