|NAM troika on Syria established||
TEHRAN – A troika has been established to help resolve the crisis in Syria, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian announced late on Saturday.
Speaking during a televised interview broadcast live on Iranian television, Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran supports every initiative meant to resolve the Syrian crisis through political and peaceful channels.
“An important measure that was taken in this regard at the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) summit was the establishment of the group of the friends of the (NAM) president or the NAM troika (consisting of) representatives (from Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela) to help resolve the Syrian crisis,” he added.
Iran had put forward the proposal for the establishment of the group.
The 16th NAM summit opened in Tehran on August 26 and closed on August 31.
During the first day of the NAM summit of heads of state and government on August 30, Egypt handed over the rotating presidency of NAM to Iran for a three-year term.
Venezuela has been chosen as the next president of the movement.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said that Iran welcomes the proposal put forward by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for the establishment of a contact group on Syria that would include Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Morsi had made the proposal during an emergency Islamic summit in Mecca, which was held on August 14 and 15.
Reuters, quoting Egyptian officials, reported on August 26 that Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr wanted Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt to meet for talks to work out how to end the Syrian crisis.
“We are currently conducting a series of discussions to explore the possibility of holding such a meeting and the expected outcome,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Amr Roshdy told Reuters on August 26, about the plans for four-way talks.
He did not say when any such meeting would take place.
“We already contacted Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran,” Roshdy said at the time, referring to telephone talks between the Egyptian foreign minister and officials in the three other countries.
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