|Arms inflow to Syria wrecks regional security prospects: Iran||
TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday as long as there is an inflow of arms to Syria, there cannot be a promising future for regional security.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator for the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations.
Amir-Abdollahian noted that there is only a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
“Given the fact that certain sides are backing the idea of sending weapons to Syria, there cannot be much optimism over the future of regional security,” he said.
He also stated that the Zionist regime of Israel poses a security threat to the region in particular and the world in general, and called for efforts to destroy the Israeli weapons of mass destruction.
The veteran diplomat added that the efforts by Iran and the United Nations proved that professional and impartial efforts can lead to successful results, including finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Kaag, the head of the joint UN and OPCW team of experts overseeing the removal of the chemical materials from Syria, expressed satisfaction over her trip to Tehran and said, “The destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons is a collective success which has been achieved through the supports of the Islamic Republic and the Syrian officials’ constructive cooperation.”
Syria on Monday handed over the remaining toxic material it had declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog to be destroyed at sea on a specially equipped U.S. vessel.
Syria agreed last September to destroy its entire chemical weapons program under a deal negotiated with the United States and Russia.
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