|Election is an opportunity to end crisis in Syria, Iran says||
TEHRAN – The planned presidential election in Syria has provided an opportunity to put the country back on the road to peace and stability, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
It is the time to resolve the crisis in Syria through election, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told her weekly news conference.
The election in Syria will be held on June 3. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Monday he will run for re-election.
Syrian people have the right to run an election and the international community is ready to “respect” this right, she said.
More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which erupted in March 2011.
Afkham added that Iran has always expressed readiness to help tackle the bloody conflict in Syria.
Tehran disapproves of Western sanctions on Russia
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also condemned the Western sanctions on Russia, saying crises should be resolved through dialogue and peacefully.
On Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some Russians to stop President Vladimir Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but said he was holding broader measures against Russia's economy "in reserve."
Obama has led global efforts to rebuke Putin for what he called "provocation" in the Ukraine crisis and called for the West to pull together in the sanctions drive.
On Monday, EU officials were to meet to thrash out a new set of sanctions likely to include asset freezes and travel bans.
Iran wishes successful election in Iraq
She also expressed hope that parliamentary election in Iraq would be held successfully.
High turnout in Iraq’s election will “isolate” the extremist movements, she noted.
Iraq’s general election will be held on April 30.
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