|Syria strike will complicate regional problems: Larijani||
TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that a possible military intervention in Syria by the United States will complicate the problems facing the region.
Larijani made the remarks during a meeting with Masahiko Komura, the special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tehran on Sunday.
Masahiko Komura is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was foreign minister from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2008.
“The preparations for a military attack against an independent country on the false pretext of the use of chemical weapons will only complicate the problems facing the region,” Larijani said.
The Syrian crisis should only be resolved through holding national dialogue, he said.
Commenting on Iran’s nuclear issue, the parliament speaker said that now it is time for the West to prove that its dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear program is not politically-motivated.
“Experience has shown that it is not possible to talk with a great and intelligent nation like the Islamic Iran illogically and high-handedly. And it is be better to revise methods and approaches to help completely resolve the nuclear issue,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said that the Iranian parliament welcomes and supports efforts meant to help expand political, cultural, and economic relations between Tehran and Tokyo.
Japan wants Iran to help restore stability in Syria
The Japanese envoy, for his part, called on Iran to make every effort to help restore stability and calm in the crisis-hit Syria.
He also said that those who have been behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria should be identified, national dialogue should be established, and elections should be held after the restoration of calm in the Arab country in order to help resolve the Syrian crisis.
On Iran’s nuclear program, Komura said that an atmosphere of optimism has been created in the international arena about the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue, adding that there are bright prospects for the process of talks between Tehran and world powers meant to help clarify possible ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear activities.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that the Japanese prime minister is determined to expand bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic.
Iran, world powers could reach a deal
In a separate meeting with the Japanese envoy on Monday, Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that it will be possible to hold serious talks about Iran’s nuclear issue and reach an agreement if Western countries do not seek pretexts.
The Iranian government is ready for mutual confidence-building measures and unconditional negotiations in order to help settle the country’s nuclear issue.
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