Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic will host a consultative meeting on Syria’s months-long unrest to discuss ways of ending the crisis in the Arab nation.
Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet session in Tehran on Wednesday, Salehi stated that 12-13 Asian, African and Latin American states will take part in the meeting which is scheduled to be held on August 9, IRNA reported.
“Our main goal is to negate violence and [promote] national dialogue in Syria and Iran is doing its best to end violence in Syria as soon as possible,” the Iranian foreign minister pointed out.
Salehi added that violence claims people’s lives, noting that initiation of national dialogue in Syria is required to end violence and extremism in the Arab country.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian says Syria needs a peaceful atmosphere for the promotion of national dialogue among all parties involved in the country’s crisis.
He noted that Tehran’s consultative meeting on Syria will host a number of influential regional and transregional countries.
The senior Iranian official said participants in the meeting, including foreign ministers from countries in and out of the Middle East, will underline the need to stop violence as a way out of the ongoing conflicts in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011, with many people, including large numbers of security forces, killed in the turmoil.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and insurgents for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad”.