TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran will participate in the Geneva II peace conference to help find a political solution to the Syria crisis if it is invited.
He made the remarks during a joint press conference with UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Tehran on Saturday.
“The Islamic Republic is keen to help put an end to the horrendous situation in Syria,” Zarif stated.
If the Syria crisis drags on, it will lead to a humanitarian crisis and will cause a troublesome situation for regional countries, including Iran, he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said, “Tehran will not spare any effort, including humanitarian assistance, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and to help achieve a political solution.”
He also expressed hope that Brahimi would be able to find a solution acceptable to all Syrian parties at the end of his shuttle diplomacy trips to regional countries.
“We believe that the participation of Iran in the Geneva conference is natural and necessary and will be fruitful, so we are hopeful that this invitation will be made,” Brahimi said, according to a translation of his remarks into English.
However, Brahimi said that no country has been officially invited to the Geneva II talks so far, but added that the UN and the Arab League want Iran to participate in the conference.
“The secretary general of the United Nations, I, and many other people, we are waiting. We want to see Iran participate in the conference,” he said.
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and several other international officials have said they expect the Geneva II conference to convene on November 23, though the United States, Russia, and the United Nations have all said no date has been officially set, according to Reuters.