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Syrian crisis can be resolved through dialogue, Iran reiterates
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(27).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani reiterates Tehran’s position that the bloody conflict in Syria can be resolved through democratic means and dialogue among all the rival political groups in Syria.
He made the remarks during a meeting with members of the International Syria Peace Pilgrims in Tehran late on Wednesday.
Some Western powers have been supporting the militants fighting against the Beshar al-Assad government, accusing the ruling government of stifling opposition.
However, Larijani said “democracy” cannot be established “through weapons and missiles”.
Larijani went on to say that the Syrian crisis is stemmed from the U.S. and its allies’ military invasions to Afghanistan and Iraq, adding that military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq had no result but promoting terrorism in the region and beyond.
The conflict in Syria has become a source of headache for the international community as al-Qaeda affiliated groups have been pouring into the country, creating carnage there. 
Today, sorrowful events are happening in Syria and terrorists are destroying the country, Larijani lamented.
Since the crisis began in Syria, Larijani said, Iran has been calling for a political solution to the conflict and rejected any foreign intervention in the country. 
He stated that the crisis can be resolved through dialogue among all the Syrian groups and holding nationwide election.
Mother Agnes Mariam from the St. James Church of Damascus, on behalf of the International Syria Peace Pilgrims, praised Iran’s efforts to settle the crisis in Syria peacefully.
Iran has been a real friend of the Syrian nation since the crisis started, she added. 
She said that the group is comprised of peace activists from all around the world and its goal is to help resolve the Syrian issue.
Alice McGuire from Northern Ireland also said that the crisis in Syria can only be resolved politically and through national reconciliation.
Larijani appreciated the sincere efforts made by the members of the group to resolve the Syrian conflict and voiced hope that such efforts would help create a permanent peace in the region.

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