Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:29PM
Syrian Prime Minister on an officials visit to Tehran Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi aRrived in Tehran heading a high-ranking economic and political delegation. On the first day of his visit to Tehran, Syria’s Prime Minister has held separate meetings with senior Iranian officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and secretary of Iran’s supreme national security council Saeed Jalili. The health officials of both sides also discussed bilateral cooperation; meanwhile, officials explored ways to enhance economic ties and increase the volume of investment; The visit comes as Syria has been hit by a crisis since March 2011. Thousands of people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian opposition is backed by the US, a few European countries, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In an address on January 6, the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad proposed a new strategic roadmap for dialogue with the opposition and political parties to resolve the crisis in Syria. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has once again reaffirmed Tehranan’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s roadmap for the restoration of peace to his crisis-stricken country. Iran has also unveiled a six-point plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria which calls for an immediate end to all violent and armed acts. The plan also urges talks between the Syrian government and the representatives of all Syrian groups regardless of their political and social tendencies in order to form a national reconciliation committee. As UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has repeatedly said a negotiated solution is the best way to solve the crisis in Syria.