Feb 26, 2014, 7:32 PM
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Zarif rules out formation of Quadrilateral front on Syria

Tehran, Feb 26, IRNA - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that formation of a quadrilateral front comprising Iran, Qatar, Turkey and Iraq on Syria is totally out of question.

He strongly ruled out involvement of Iran, Qatar, Turkey and Iraq to form a four-nation team to study the Syrian crisis and said Iran believes the crisis in Syria must be resolved through political means.

Zarif made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah.

Iran and Qatar are of the opinion that Syrian crisis has not any military solution, Zarif said.

Zarif said that the two countries believe that war in Syria could not be prolonged and that the Syrian people must make decision on their own fate.

He said that Iran and Qatar must help the Syrian people end the humanitarian crisis adding that the Syrian issue has brought Iran and Qatar together.

"As the victim of terrorist operations who lost a number of Iranian fellow citizens, Iran believes that all countries in the region should help restore security and strongly deal with terrorism," he said.

The issue of terrorism does not refer to one country but extremism, ethnical conflicts and lack of security is a problem which should be resolved through collective contribution and cooperation, Zarif said.

To increase current level of economic cooperation, Iran and Qatar are to create a free trade and economic zone, said the Iranian foreign minister.

Zarif said that the two sides also discussed issues of mutual interest along with regional developments.

To help enhance the level of cooperation between the two countries, Qatar deputy foreign minister is to visit Tehran in the near future, he said.

The ground for expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries is well-prepared, Zarif said.

Formation of a free trade zone can help augment volume of trade with the private sectors in both countries.

Iran and Qatar had a very good economic cooperation in the past and should upgrade its level at this juncture, he said.

Restoring security requires dialogue and exchange of views and collective contribution among the Persian Gulf littoral states, he said.

The Qatari foreign minister visited Iran for a few hours and conferred with Iranian officials on issues of mutual interests.