Iran and Switzerland have voiced concern over the spread of terrorism and extremism in Syria, stressing the need for bilateral cooperation to help establish peace and security in the crisis-hit country. The development came in a meeting between Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the visiting Secretary of State at the Swiss Foreign Ministry Yves Rossier in Tehran on Tuesday. “The foreign policy principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding regional developments, from Syria to Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, are based on ending violence, emphasis on national dialog and adoption of democratic approaches,” Amir-Abdollahian said. Rossier is in Tehran to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the crisis in Syria, with top Iranian officials. The Iranian official pointed to cordial relations between Tehran and Bern and underlined the need for the two countries to cooperate in order to boost regional and international interactions. He also warned against the transregional consequences of the spread of terrorist and extremist mindsets in the Middle East, saying that Iran, as a victim of chemical weapons, strongly condemns the use of such arms anywhere by anyone.
“Unfortunately, we have repeatedly warned that terrorist elements in Syria have been equipped with these weapons by certain foreign parties,” Amir-Abdollahian stated.He said Iran, Switzerland and the Syrian government must make the necessary arrangements for the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. Rossier, for his part, stressed the importance of supporting Iran’s approaches towards the crisis in Syria, particularly the dispatch of humanitarian aid for the Syrian people and efforts to find a political solution to the ongoing unrest in the Arab country. Syria has been gripped by deadly turmoil since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. SF/KA/SS