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Zarif, Lakhdar Brahimi discuss Syria crisis
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_na2(12).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks on Monday with the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, about the Syrian crisis.
Zarif said the UN should play an independent role in Syria without bowing to “pressure” from certain countries.
The foreign minister also said Tehran is ready to give any kind of “logical support”, especially to the UN, to settle the conflict in the Arab country. The top diplomat said Iran’s help will be based on the “realities on the ground” in Syria.
The Iranian foreign minister also said it is necessary to provide a condition in which all Syrian people from all walks to be involved in the presidential election to determine their own political destiny.
The presidential election in Syria will be held in summer. 
Brahimi described his talks in Tehran “constructive” and called on Iran to help find a “political solution” to the crisis in Syria. 
Brahimi who arrived in Tehran on Sunday also met with Iranian secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on Sunday.
During the meeting the most recent developments in Syria were discussed.
Shamkhani said that Iran’s position toward the Syrian crisis is to stop bloodshed in the country and help realize the Syrian people’s expectations.
Shamkhani said the UN should be neutral toward the Syrian conflict and guard the interests of the Syrian people.
Brahimi pointed to Iran’s significant role in regional developments specifically in Syria, calling on Iran to help put an end to the civil war in Syria.
He arrived in Tehran late on Sunday to hold talks with Iranian officials on the Syrian crisis.

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