|Iran calls on Syrian government, opposition to respect ceasefire||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday calling on the conflicting parties in Syria to observe a ceasefire enforced on Friday to mark the four-day Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday.
Part of the Foreign Ministry statement read, “It is expected that the ground will be prepared for the restoration of long-lasting peace and stability for the launch of political negotiations in the country through the compliance of all groups and the parties involved with a complete ceasefire and their refusal to take any action contrary to its spirit.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran hails and supports the well-intentioned measure of the Syrian government and army, appreciates the admirable efforts of Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi (the UN-Arab League joint special envoy on Syria) and other countries and the parties involved, and announces its full readiness to continue the efforts to complete this political process with the aim of completely resolving the Syrian crisis.”
In addition, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi held a telephone conversation with Brahimi on Thursday and thanked him for his efforts to broker a ceasefire between the conflicting parties in Syria.
Salehi called the declaration of a ceasefire an important step toward initiating efforts to work out a political solution to the 19-month conflict in Syria.
Brahimi thanked Iran for its positive and active role in resolving the crisis and expressed hope that all sides would observe the truce so that the ground will be prepared for long-lasting peace in Syria.
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