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Diplomat: Iran Part of Solution to Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN (ST)- Iranian Ambassador to Tunisia Peyman Jebeli welcomed the massive participation of different world states in the 'Friends of Syria' meeting in Tehran later this month, and said Iran is a part of any solution to the Syrian crisis.            

"The massive participation of countries in the meeting will show the international determination to support a political solution (to the problem in Syria) and proves that Iran is a part of the solution to the current crisis in Syria," FNA quoted  Jebeli as saying in an interview with al-Shorouq newspaper on Monday.

He said even those states which have helped the "rebel" groups in Syria with arms and financial supports have now failed in their plots and realized that the only solution to the crisis in the Muslim country is a political one.

"Since the very first day of the crisis, we have said that we believe and still believe that the only way to end the crisis is a peaceful and political solution based on dialogue between the two sides (the Syrian government and the opposition) and therefore, we support any plan which advocates a political and fair solution within the framework of Syrian-Syrian talks between the government and the dissidents," Jebeli underlined.

The Friends of Syria Conference is due to be held in Tehran on Wednesday to find a way to restore peace and stability in the region.

Iran has invited different regional and international actors to the 'Friends of Syria' conference due to be held in Tehran on Wednesday, the foreign ministry announced on Saturday.

"Representatives of Russia and China will be present in the meeting and Tehran has invited different states, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which hold different positions (from that of Iran on Syria) to attend the conference," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against Syrian forces and civilians being reported across the country.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of "rebel" credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the "rebels" were running out of ammunition said last May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.


M. Wassouf