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Iran, Turkey both see dialog as only solution to Syria crisis: Iran VP
Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011. (file photo)
Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011. (file photo)
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Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence."

Tehran and Ankara both consider dialog as the only solution to the crisis in Syria, Iran’s Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Lotfollah Forouzandeh says.


In an interview with Turkey's state news agency, Anatolia, on Friday, Forouzandeh said he had discussed the issue of the crisis in Syria with Turkish officials, adding that both sides had stressed the importance of negotiations between the parties to the conflict to end the unrest in the Arab country.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, 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 fighting in Syria are foreign nationals.

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.

The Iranian vice president, who is on a visit to Ankara at the invitation of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, further assessed as “positive” the outcome of his talks with Ankara officials.

“The visit was aimed at expanding Iran-Turkey ties, particularly in the parliamentary sector,” Forouzandeh said.

He added that Iran and Turkey expressed their readiness to bolster cooperation, exchange experience and remove certain obstacles in the way of bilateral trade and economic growth.

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