|Geneva II meeting can end Syrian conflict: Iran’s Zarif||
TEHRAN – In a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the planned conference on Syria has the capacity to put an end to the conflict in the country.
The conference, known as Geneva II, will be held on January 22.
“The Geneva II conference has the political and international capacity to solve the Syrian crisis and its successful holding can prevent the continuation of the killing of innocent people as well as (ending) extremism,” Zarif noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif reiterated Tehran’s principal position on the campaign against extremism, violence, and sectarian strife in the region and reiterated Tehran’s position that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through dialogue.
Zarif conveyed the warm greetings of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Assad and said that Tehran was ready to increase its cooperation with Damascus in economic, political, and cultural areas.
The chief Iranian diplomat also visited Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday night and held meetings with Jordanian king Abdullah II, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
On his regional tour, Zarif had also visited Lebanon and Iraq on the previous days.
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