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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the outcome of the trilateral meeting between the Islamic Republic, Egypt and Turkey on the Syrian crisis will soon be announced. “The heads of states of Iran, Egypt and Turkey had consultations in this regard (the Syria crisis) and we arrived at good conclusions,” Salehi said on Monday, adding, “The Egyptians are scheduled to announce the outcome of the negotiations today.” On February 7, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a meeting with his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts Mohamed Morsi and Abdullah Gul to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria and the solutions to end the unrest in the Arab country. During the trilateral meeting in Cairo, which was held on the sidelines of the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the trio called for an immediate settlement of the crisis and an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since March 2011 which has claimed the lives of thousands of Syrians including a large number of Syrian soldiers and security forces. The Iranian top diplomat further said that the Syrian government has proposed holding a national dialog after a ceasefire takes effect between the government and opposition groups. Referring to Iran’s six-point peace plan for Syria, Salehi said that, under the proposal, violence should be stopped in the Arab country and the Syrian government and opposition groups should form a transitional government. On December 16, Iran unveiled the details of 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 calls for the dispatch of humanitarian aid to Syrians following the end of all conflicts, the lifting of all economic sanctions imposed against the country, and the facilitation of the return of displaced Syrians to their homes. It also calls on the Syrian government and the representatives of all Syrian groups regardless of their political and social tendencies to hold talks in order to form a national reconciliation committee. YH/HMV/HJL
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