|Iran is an influential player in resolving regional issues: Brahimi||
TEHRAN – UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has said that Iran is an influential player in resolving regional issues.
He made the remarks on Monday during a telephone conversation with Iran’s new Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
After congratulating Zarif on his appointment, Brahimi stated that there is a need for more consultations with the Islamic Republic in efforts to find a way out of the Syrian crisis.
He also said that Iran should participate in the Geneva II Middle East peace conference over Syria.
Geneva II is a planned UN-backed peace conference in Geneva, aimed to resolve the Syrian crisis. The conference was initially planned to be held in July 2013, following the U.S.-Russia peace proposal on Syria in early 2013. In late June, it was reported that U.S. decided to postpone the conference. New date has not yet been finalized.
Zarif, for his part, said that Tehran was ready to fully cooperate with the United Nations to help settle the crisis.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.
The Iranian foreign minister also voiced concern about the ongoing crisis in Egypt and called for an end to the conflict and fulfillment of the legitimate demands of the people.
Zarif expressed hope that the Egyptian leaders would make efforts to resolve the crisis through dialogue between rival groups.
Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army toppled President Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state, and suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
Egyptian security forces have killed hundreds of people in a bloody crackdown on supporters of Morsi.
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