Iran has welcomed as “appropriate” an offer by foreign-backed opposition in Syria to declare a ceasefire in the crisis-hit country during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Addressing reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi called on all parties involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria to put down arms and pursue a solution “based on dialog and political approach.”
“If all sides in Syria want the establishment of ceasefire that will be appropriate and we hope that weapons would be laid down on the auspicious occasion of the holy month of Ramadan and that all sides would move towards national dialogue,” he added.
The new president of Syria opposition, the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmad Assi Jarba, offered President Bashar al-Assad a truce for the besieged city of Homs during the month of Ramadan which begins on Wednesday.
In a statement on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties in the Syria conflict to put down arms during Ramadan.
"For the sake of the Syrian people, therefore, I would like to call on all parties in Syria to respect this religious obligation for at least, at a minimum, one month," Ban said.
Araqchi further expressed concern over the spread of the Syrian crisis across the Middle East and reiterated Iran’s position on the need to find a political solution to Syria crisis.
“We have announced since the very first day [of the crisis in Syria] that if a political approach desired by the country’s people is not found and there is a tendency towards terrorists, the crisis will be likely to spill over into other countries,” the spokesman stated.
He expressed hope that the regional leaders would find a “wise political solution” to the unrest in Syria.
Unrest has gripped Syria for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.