Jan 23, 2014, 5:56 PM
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Rouhani calls for preparations for democratic elections in Syria

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said that after the exit of terrorists from Syria preparations must be made for democratic elections and all respect the outcome from the ballot boxes.

Responding to a question on the humanitarian crisis in Syria after his address to the 44th World Economy Forum in Davos, he added the innocent people of Syria suffered a lot. Large number of people were killed or maimed and several million are displaced adding that the homeless are facing deplorable situation in the winter cold.

Rouhani deplored the presence of terrorist groups coming from the regional countries and even other continents to Syria creating bloodbath in the country.

"Iran believes that all should strive for halting bloodshed and war in Syria and expel terrorists from the country,' he said, advising the countries aiding the terrorists must know that terrorism may spread to their own country.

The president said that the ground should be prepared for the opposition groups to sit for a dialogue. "The final resolution is a free election in Syria."

"Whoever elected by the Syrians is respectful for us and no government and power can take a decision for other country and the Syrian nation," he said.

Rouhani further pointed out that Iran is still dispatching humanitarian aid including medicines and food to the Syrian nation.

"We all should assist the Syrian nation and help them hold a free election and respect the results whatever it would be," president said.

In response to a question about nuclear deal Iran struck with the western governments, he said that Iran is firmly determined to reach a comprehensive agreement with Group 5+1 over its nuclear program.

Iran has never had plans to build nuclear weapons, nor it will ever abandon peaceful indigenous nuclear activities, he said, noting that it will continue its peaceful nuclear activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).

Iran will adhere to all international regulations regarding its nuclear program, however, it will not accept any discrimination in that regard.