Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says certain countries which simultaneously support terrorist groups and militants are making a strategic mistake. “The solution in Syria is merely a political one and based on comprehensive national dialogue,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in Tehran on Monday.
“The simultaneous support of certain sides for militants and terrorists and Takfiri groups is a strategic mistake,” the Iranian official added.He highlighted the significance of the Geneva 2 conference which is expected to be held on the Syrian crisis and said it was important that certain countries stop sending arms to militants to prove their commitment to ending violence. On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012. The Syrian government has already announced that it is ready to take part in the conference without any preconditions in an effort to help end the unrest in the country. However, the date of the long-delayed event keeps slipping as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition bloc remains divided over taking part in the second round of Geneva talks. Feltman, for his part, described the ongoing situation in the region and particularly in Syria as dangerous and expressed hope the Geneva 2 conference would be held successfully. He lauded cooperation between the United Nations and Iran on developments in Syria. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the outbreak of the violence. SF/HGH