Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi said in the conference of the Friends of Syria on Wednesday that Syria is disintegrating and continuity of the current situation is threatening the regional stability.
“We strongly condemn the aggression of the Zionist regime on Syrian soil. We reject military intervention and we support the Geneva conference for peacefully resolving this crisis. The people of Syria are waiting for UN efforts to fight terrorism,” Salehi said.
“On political solution for the Syrian crisis, we accede to Iran,” a representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told during the conference, according Iranian Nasim news agency.
Iran is hosting the Friends of Syria Conference in the capital, Tehran, with the participation of representatives from 40 countries as well as heads of regional and international organizations.
The event, which is held under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability,” seeks to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Sayed Abbas Araghchi, Spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in sideline of the conference that none of opposition groups invited to the conference.
“This meeting is aimed at materializing this political solution and assisting constructive efforts at regional matter. The proposal has to be looked into and if accepted we can set up contact group,” Salehi said.
“Any action must focus on eliminating the terrorism. We should stop delivering arms to Syria and protect the borders of the country. This requires multi-faceted effort from neighboring countries,” Salehi said.
“Thousands of hospitals and schools have been destroyed. Kidnappings and sexual violence are widespread. Syria is disintegrating in front of our eyes. It is threatening regional stability.”
The meeting in Tehran comes as Russia and the United States have also agreed to convene an international conference on Syria in Geneva. However, no date has been set for the meeting yet.
Russia has said that it is imperative for Iran to join a proposed peace conference on Syria despite reservations from some Western nations.
“The issue of Iran is key for us,” said Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, while on a visit to Paris on Tuesday. “Iran, without question, is one of the most important nations.”
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, stressing that inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections are the keys to resolving the unrest in the Arab country.