A general view of International Conference on Syria held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on May 29, 2013
Algeria says the deadly turmoil in Syria can be settled through a political solution which seeks to protect unity in the Arab country.
Addressing the International Conference on Syria in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the violence in Syria can be immediately settled through a political solution which would encompass the entire Syrian nation and prevent foreign interference in the country.
Since the outbreak of turmoil in Syria, Algiers has called for a political solution to prevent the bloodshed in the Arab country, Medelci told the meeting.
On Wednesday, Iran hosted the Friends of Syria Conference in Tehran under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability.” The event was attended by representatives from 40 countries, seeking to find a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.
The Algerian diplomat further thanked Iran for its honest efforts to deal with the Syria issue, expressing hope that the Tehran conference would be a successful prelude to the upcoming Geneva 2 conference.
On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed to convene an international conference on Syria in Geneva, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva conference held in June 2012. Moscow has underlined the necessity for Iran to participate in the event, which will reportedly be held next month.
Medelci also hailed the Syrian government’s decision to take part in the Geneva talks, voicing support for efforts made by the United Nations and UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to end the violence in Syria.
On Wednesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Damascus would take part in the upcoming talks in Geneva without any precondition.
The foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which erupted in March 2011, has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.
On May 23, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, “Syria is determined to tackle terrorism and those who support it regionally and globally, and to find a political solution to the crisis.”