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Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has exchanged views with his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts on the latest developments in the region. Salehi held separate telephone conversations with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday. The major topic of the telephone conversations was the issue of the crisis in Syria, which began nearly two years ago. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the UN Security Council to take action on the situation in Syria. “It is essential for the Security Council to overcome the deadlock and find the unity that will make meaningful action possible.” Ban also stated that the international community must make efforts to bring about a political solution in Syria. Iran has always stressed the importance of resolving the unrest through political channels. In addition, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly rejected any foreign interference in Syria and denounced the support of certain countries for militant groups that are involved in terrorist activities in the country. The Iranian foreign minister also held a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua and discussed ways to strengthen ties between Tehran and Caracas. Salehi wished for the immediate recovery of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has undergone a fourth round of cancer surgery. SF/HSN/MA
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