Jan 13, 2014, 11:01 PM
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FM: Iran to accept no precondition for Syria talks

Beirut, Jan 13, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again underlined that Iran will accept no precondition to attend the upcoming international talks on the Syrian crisis.

'Iran will not accept any preconditions to attend the Geneva II conference,' Zarif said at a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Adnan Mansour in Beirut on Monday.

He called on the world powers to avoid setting any preconditions for anyone to take part in the upcoming Geneva meeting, and added, 'Foreigners had better allow the Syrian people administrate their country’s affairs.'

“Those who seek to end the Syrian crisis should prepare the ground for Syrian-Syrian dialog,” Zarif stated.

The Iranian foreign minister reiterated Tehran’s position that the Syrian crisis should not be resolved through military approaches, urging a diplomatic solution to the issue.

The Geneva II conference, which will be a follow-up to an earlier one held in June 2012, had been proposed by Moscow and Washington to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

The conference is scheduled to be held in Switzerland in two parts. On January 22, the opening session of the event will be in the Swiss city of Montreux and then it will be moved to the UN office in Geneva on January 24.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly crisis since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed militancy.

The Iranian foreign minister, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Lebanon late on Sunday at the head of a political and parliamentary delegation at the first leg of a three-nation tour of the Middle East.

Zarif’s visits to Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are in line with Iran’s active regional diplomacy and come on the heels of the top diplomat’s previous regional tours which took him to Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

Earlier on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister held talks with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.