Friday Sep 14, 201210:19 AM GMT
Tehran backs finding political solution to Syria crisis: Iranian envoy
The file photo shows damaged buildings in the flashpoint province of Homs in Syria.
The file photo shows damaged buildings in the flashpoint province of Homs in Syria.
The Iranian ambassador to Damascus says Tehran supports any efforts aimed at finding a political solution to the unrest in Syria.


Mohammad-Reza Raouf Sheibani made the remark after a Thursday meeting with UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus.

He said that the Islamic republic of Iran believes that the Syrian unrest could be settled through national dialog between the parties to the conflict and added, “We share the same view in this regard with Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, the former and current UN envoys to Syria, and hence Tehran will support Brahimi’s efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis.”

He also criticized certain countries for trying to complicate and prolong the unrest in Syria by sending weapons and arms to insurgents.

Annan announced on August 2 that he was quitting because of the lack of international support for his peace plan.

On August 17, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Brahimi as the new joint special representative of the UN and the Arab League for Syria to replace Annan.

Brahimi arrived in Syria on Thursday on his first visit to the country since his appointment.

"We came to Syria to consult with our Syrian brothers," said Brahimi upon arrival at the airport in Damascus.

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011.

Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ and says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside. It accuses certain Western and regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, of arming and funding the insurgents.

AR/MA/AZ

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