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US worried about failure of terrorists in Syria: Iran MP

The chairman of the Iranian Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the United States is mainly worried about the strengthening of the resistance movement in Syria and the weakening of terrorist groups.

The chairman of the Iranian Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, added on Sunday that the US has always pursued policies in the Middle East that serve its own interests.

He pointed to the latest round of Syria talks, which were convened in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday, and said, “At such occasions, the US has always sought to advance its own objectives and pursued its own goals and policies in the region more than being concerned about the resolution of the Syria crisis.”

The Iranian legislator added that the talks in Lausanne ended without any consensus among the participants of the conference about a common strategy to end the conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, because Washington is worried about the weakness of the current, which seeks to topple the legitimate government in the Arab country.

The latest achievements made by the resistance movement in Syria over the recent months have also been a source of concern for US, he noted.

Boroujerdi emphasized that the continuation of US strategies and certain countries' support for terrorist and the so-called moderate opposition groups dash all hopes of success for such conferences.

“The only solution to the Syrian crisis is a political one while the violation of ceasefires in Syria in addition to financial and arms support for terrorist groups will block the resolution of the Syria crisis,” the Iranian lawmaker pointed out.

The latest round of talks aimed at putting an end to the crisis in Syria came to an end without even the release of a joint statement by its participants. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (4th R) and his Egyptian, Russian, US, Saudi, Qatari, Iraqi, Jordanian and Turkish counterparts as well as Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, attend a meeting on the Syria crisis in the Swiss city of Lausanne on October 15, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

The four-hour long Saturday talks were convened by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne with the participation of foreign ministers from Russia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, and Egypt as well as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

The conflict in Syria, which flared up in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by De Mistura.

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