|Russia calls for Iran’s participation in Geneva conference on Syria||
TEHRAN - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has underlined the necessity of Iran’s participation in a peace conference on Syria in Geneva aimed at finding a political solution to the long-standing conflict in the country.
Russian believes that the forum should definitely include those regional players that can play an influential role in resolving the crisis in Syria, Bogdanov said, Press TV reported on Friday.
In a joint press conference in Tehran with Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria, in late October Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran will participate in the Geneva II conference to help find a solution to the Syria crisis if it is invited.
Brahimi stated that he and the UN secretary general want to see Iran participate in the conference
Bogdanov added that the Russian and American sides are working hard in cooperation with Brahimi to prepare for the international event.
“All agree that this forum should be held as soon as possible. The bloody armed conflict in Syria brings further casualties each day,” he said, emphasizing that the Syrian crisis “has no military solution and can only be resolved through political and diplomatic means.”
United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Thursday that a date for the Geneva conference has not been set yet, but the world body is working very hard to drum up support for the proposed conference, Xinhua reported.
Nesirky said Brahimi and his deputy Nasser al-Kidwa continue to work with parties in arranging the conference, the report added.
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