UN envoy: Iran presence in Syria talks ‘necessary and beneficial’

UN envoy: Iran presence in Syria talks ‘necessary and beneficial’
Sat Oct 26, 2013 19:01:04

UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi says Iran’s participation in Geneva conference over the crisis in Syria is “natural, necessary and beneficial.”

During a joint press conference with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday, Brahimi reiterated the importance of Tehran’s participation in the Geneva 2 conference.

Asked whether Iran has been formally invited to the conference, Brahimi said no country has been invited to the talks but he expressed hope Iran would be invited.

Brahimi arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria with Iranian officials.

The UN-Arab League envoy is currently on a Middle East tour to gather support for the Geneva meeting, which is scheduled to be held in November.

Brahimi arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday after visiting Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait.

Describing the ongoing crisis in Syria as complicated, the UN-Arab League joint envoy Syria’s neighboring countries are the best option to help Damascus end the unrest.

Brahimi said resolving the crisis in Syria requires the help and cooperation of all countries.

Zarif, for his part, said if formally invited, Iran will participate in the Geneva conference to contribute to finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.


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