Iranian, Egyptian foreign ministers discuss regional issues
Sun May 5, 2013 6:28AM
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence."Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has discussed regional developments, particularly the crisis in Syria, with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr. In a Saturday telephone conversation, Amr reiterated Cairo’s willingness to contribute to the further activation of an Egyptian-proposed quartet comprised of Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to end the crisis in Syria. Salehi, for his part, underscored the need for the commitment of all the involved parties to immediately putting an end to the ongoing violence in Syria and the prevention of any foreign intervention and the flow of arms and terrorist groups into the Arab country.
The Iranian foreign minister further denounced the desecration of Islamic holy sites and acts of blasphemy against the mausoleums of prominent Muslim figures and described such savage actions as the violation of the basic human principles.According to Thursday reports by online media, the militants in Syria have raided the mausoleum of Muslim Shia figure Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra, and transferred his remains to an unknown location. The militants have attacked and destroyed several holy sites, including Shia mosques and shrines, since the beginning of the unrest in Syria. The Iranian and Egyptian top diplomats underlined the importance of political solutions and national dialogue as the sole path to resolve the crisis in Syria. The remarks come as Syria says the Israeli regime has launched a new missile attack on the country, targeting Jamraya research center, located northwest of Damascus. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. ASH/HJL/HMV