Iran's deputy foreign minister says the new UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to visit the Iranian capital, Tehran, in the near future.
Reaffirming the necessity for finding a non-military solution to the Syria crisis, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that Brahimi plans to visit Iran after his trip to Syria.
In a telephone conversation with Brahimi on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran is ready to assist the new UN-Arab League envoy in his mission to restore peace in the Arab country.
Salehi added that Iran is looking for a peaceful and Syria-Syria solution without the interference of other countries.
On August 17, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Brahimi as the new special envoy of the UN and the Arab League to Syria to replace his predecessor, Kofi Annan.
Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister, has also served as the UN envoy to Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York, as well as in Iraq after the US-led invasion of that country in 2003.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ for the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.