Dec 19, 2015, 10:46 AM
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Latest UN resolution on Syria crisis can boost fight against terrorism

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA – UN resolution on Syria, adopted on Friday, can boost fight against terrorism in the war-torn region, Foreign Ministry Deputy for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

He told reporters after the third ministerial-level meeting of the International Support Group for Syria in New York.

Tehran supports immediate end to violence, fighting terrorists, start of political dialogue and return of refugees to Syria, deputy foreign minister added.

He underlined that Iran supports Syrian-Syrian dialogue and role of real opposition in the political approach towards resolution of the crisis.

It is expected that the new UN resolution boost the political process and the fight against terrorism in the war-torn region, Amir-Abdollahian added.

He underlined that period of manipulating terrorism as a tool to interfere in Syria has already ended.

The issue of Bashar al-Assad candidacy for presidential elections after the transformation period is up to him and the Syrian people will choose their leadership finally at the ballot polls, the deputy foreign minister said.

He stressed that any political solution for Syria crisis should respect independence, sovereignty and national unity of Syria.

Iran will continue its support for Syria, the official added.

Terrorist groups have no place in Syria national dialogue and it is Syrian people themselves that should decide their future, deputy foreign minister noted.

He pointed that participants of the international conference on Syria had severe differences over list of terrorist groups.

The participants formed a task force with presence of Iran, Russia, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and France to prepare the list of terrorist groups and present it to the UN.

For the first time since the nearly five-year-old Syrian civil war began, world powers agreed on Friday at the United Nations Security Council to embrace a plan for a cease-fire and a peace process that holds the distant prospect of ending the conflict.