Thursday Mar 07, 201302:29 PM GMT
Realistic policy, sole solution to Syrian crisis: Iran FM
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the ongoing crisis in Syria can be only resolved through the adoption of “realistic” policies towards the situation in the Arab state, Press TV reports.


“We have to be realistic. If we want to resolve the Syrian crisis we have to follow real politics. In other words, if we stick to our ideals, wishes or things which are not realistic, then we may go astray,” Salehi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

He went on to say that everybody should recognize the fact that the Syrian government is legal and no external power has the right to ask it to step down “because that would be a vivid indication of interference in the internal affairs of a country.”

Salehi also underlined the necessity of stopping the “blame game” in Syria in order to be able to settle the unrest in the Arab country.

“So [we should] stop the blame game [in Syria and] look forward, follow real politics, be realistic, bring the opposition and the government together, form an interim government, draft a new constitution, hold parliamentary elections and a presidential election and [do all these] under the international supervision and the UN monitoring system so that everybody is given the guarantee that there is no ambiguity,” he explained.

Referring to the presence of foreign-backed militants in Syria, Salehi added that according to Western intelligence services most of those militants come from abroad and are members of the al-Qaeda and other extremist groups.

The Iranian top diplomat also noted that the people of Syria are the ones who should decide the future of their country.

Iran foreign minister further pointed to the recent round of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group -- the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany -- in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and noted that both sides have expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the negotiations.

“I think that both sides have come to an understanding that this is a good opportunity to look for a peaceful, logical, rational, [and] prudent solution that would satisfy both sides and it could be paraphrased and translated as win-win negotiations,” Salehi stated.

The latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 was held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 27-28. The two sides agreed to meet again in Almaty on April 5-6 to continue the talks after holding expert-level negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul on March 17-18.

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