Iran hails truce offer in Syria during Ramadan

Iran hails truce offer in Syria during Ramadan
Tue Jul 9, 2013 22:45:33

Iran has welcomed a ceasefire offer in Syria during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, calling on all sides of the conflict to use the opportunity to stop the fight and seek a political solution through dialogue.

Addressing reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi called on all parties involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria to put down arms and pursue a solution “based on dialog and political approach.”

“If all sides in Syria want the establishment of ceasefire that will be appropriate and we hope that weapons would be laid down on the auspicious occasion of the holy month of Ramadan and that all sides would move towards national dialogue,” he added.

The new president of the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmad Assi Jarba, offered President Bashar al-Assad a truce for the besieged city of Homs during the month of Ramadan which begins on Wednesday.

In a statement on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties in the Syria conflict to put down arms during Ramadan.

"For the sake of the Syrian people, therefore, I would like to call on all parties in Syria to respect this religious obligation for at least, at a minimum, one month," Ban said.

Araqchi further expressed concern over the spread of the Syrian crisis across the Middle East and reiterated Iran’s position on the need to find a political solution to Syria crisis.

“We have announced since the very first day [of the crisis in Syria] that if a political approach desired by the country’s people is not found and there is a tendency towards terrorists, the crisis will be likely to spill over into other countries,” the spokesman stated.

He expressed hope that the regional leaders would find a “wise political solution” to the unrest in Syria.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government boosts its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent about warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.

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