The Islamic Republic of Iran and India have expressed deep concern about the ongoing violence in Syria, stressing a need for a peaceful settlement to the crisis in the Arab country.
In a statement issued at the end of the 17th meeting of the Iran-India Joint Economic Commission on Monday, the two countries called on all parties to the Syria crisis to put an end to violence in the country and resolve their issues peacefully through dialog.
They also underlined the necessity of respecting the ideals of the Syrian people.
The 17th meeting of the Iran-India Joint Economic Commission was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran. The meeting, which began on Saturday, was co-chaired by Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi and Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.
The two countries also supported the Geneva declaration, which incorporates the six-point peace plan proposed by former UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan. They also welcomed efforts by Annan’s successor Lakhdar Brahimi aimed at ending the Syria crisis.
The Syrian government says the chaos that began in the country over two years ago is being orchestrated from outside. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.
Damascus also says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants and there are reports that a large number of the militants are foreign nationals.