Iranian Deputy FM: No Military Solution Envisaged for Syria

TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reiterated Tehran's strong opposition to any military solution to the crisis in Syria, saying the problems in the country should be resolved through diplomacy and talks, according to FNA.

Amir Abdollahian made the remark in a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Oman's capital of Masqat on Thursday.

"As we have reiterated before, political approaches are the only solution to the crisis in Syria and has no military or security solution," Amir Abdollahian said.

The Omani foreign minister, for his part, stressed that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is a halt to the violence and bloodshed in the country, and holding dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underlined that Tehran is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle Eastern country.

Last November, Iran hosted a meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition to encourage them to start talks to find a political solution to their problems. The National Dialogue Conference kicked off work in Tehran mid-November with the motto of 'No to Violence, Yes to Democracy".

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FM Spokesman: Iran to Decide on Partaking in Geneva II after Details Emerge

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that Tehran is still undecided about taking part in the upcoming Geneva II conference in Switzerland in July.

"The Islamic Republic will decide about taking part in the Geneva II conference after the plans, date and agenda of the international event are announced," Araqchi said on Friday.

Last week, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani underlined the necessity for the settlement of the crisis in Syria through talks, but cautioned that Tehran would not take part in the Geneva II conference on Syria in Switzerland if "Israel "is invited to the international gathering.

"If" Israel "takes part in the Geneva II conference, Iran will never participate in it," Larijani said in an interview with al-Mayadeen news channel on Saturday.

He stressed that Iran believes in the necessity of the political settlement of the Syrian "problem", and said violence and crisis in the country merely serves the interests of the Zionist regime, the US and other western states.

"Iran only believes in the settlement of the crisis in  Syria through the ballot box," Larijani underscored, and stressed, "The Syrian government enjoys more legitimacy than some other regimes (in the region)".

Earlier this month, a prominent Syrian legislator underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II conference.

"Iran, as a key player in the regional political scenes and a major state both at regional and international levels, should attend the Geneva II conference to be held in Switzerland in July," member of the Syrian Parliament Walid Al-Zaabi said.

Al-Zaabi described Iran as true friend of the Syrian people and government.

Late in May, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.

"This issue is not related to the Syrians alone, as there are a number of foreign players involved at that crisis as well, and therefore, Iran's presence at that conference is of key importance for us," Lavrov said.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that Tehran is likely to take part in the Geneva II conference on Syria if the co-hosts, the US and Russia, invite it to the international gathering.

"If the Geneva II conference is held and if Iran is invited, we will study our presence with a positive view," Araqchi said at the time.

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FM Spokesman: Iran to Decide on Partaking in Geneva II after Details Emerge

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that Tehran is still undecided about taking part in the upcoming Geneva II conference in Switzerland in July.

"The Islamic Republic will decide about taking part in the Geneva II conference after the plans, date and agenda of the international event are announced," Araqchi said on Friday.

Last week, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani underlined the necessity for the settlement of the crisis in Syria through talks, but cautioned that Tehran would not take part in the Geneva II conference on Syria in Switzerland if "Israel "is invited to the international gathering.

"If" Israel "takes part in the Geneva II conference, Iran will never participate in it," Larijani said in an interview with al-Mayadeen news channel on Saturday.

He stressed that Iran believes in the necessity of the political settlement of the Syrian "problem", and said violence and crisis in the country merely serves the interests of the Zionist regime, the US and other western states.

"Iran only believes in the settlement of the crisis in  Syria through the ballot box," Larijani underscored, and stressed, "The Syrian government enjoys more legitimacy than some other regimes (in the region)".

Earlier this month, a prominent Syrian legislator underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II conference.

"Iran, as a key player in the regional political scenes and a major state both at regional and international levels, should attend the Geneva II conference to be held in Switzerland in July," member of the Syrian Parliament Walid Al-Zaabi said.

Al-Zaabi described Iran as true friend of the Syrian people and government.

Late in May, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.

"This issue is not related to the Syrians alone, as there are a number of foreign players involved at that crisis as well, and therefore, Iran's presence at that conference is of key importance for us," Lavrov said.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that Tehran is likely to take part in the Geneva II conference on Syria if the co-hosts, the US and Russia, invite it to the international gathering.

"If the Geneva II conference is held and if Iran is invited, we will study our presence with a positive view," Araqchi said at the time.

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Russia Reiterates Iran's Participation in Upcoming Geneva II Conference

TEHRAN - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once again underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference in Switzerland, according to FNA.

"I believe that the Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani must participate in the upcoming Geneva II Conference on Syria," Lavrov said.

"Iran and the entire neighbors of Syria must be invited to the Geneva II Conference," the Russian foreign minister added.

The Russians and Americans agreed during US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Moscow to set up a conference of international players to end the crisis in Syria. Moscow wants to involve all the nations which took part in the Geneva conference on Syria last summer, and says without Iran's participation the conference cannot succeed.

Late in May, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.

"This issue is not related to the Syrians alone, as there are a number of foreign players involved at that crisis as well, and therefore, Iran's presence at that conference is of key importance for us," Lavrov said.

In May, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that Tehran is likely to take part in the Geneva II Conference on Syria if the co-hosts, the US and Russia, invite it to the international gathering.

"If the Geneva II Conference is held and if Iran is invited, we will study our presence with a positive view," Araqchi said at the time.

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Russia Vows to Fulfill Syria S-300 Missiles Deal

TEHRAN - Russia reiterated that it will honor its contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria,according to FNA.

"We respect all our contracts and are honoring all our contractual obligations," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a Thursday interview with state-run Russia 24 TV.

"As yet, the contracts are not finished, they have not been delivered in full," he added.

Russia last month acknowledged it has agreed to sell Syria advanced S-300 air-defense missiles, which are considered to be the cutting edge in aircraft interception technology.

Russia has stood by Syrian government during the two-year "conflict", blocking several UN resolutions against the country.

Lavrov said that Russia would block all demands for the Syrian government's resignation at a planned peace conference to be held in Geneva, Alalam reported.

Lavrov renewed Russia's objections to a potential no-fly zone in Syria, which the S-300 systems would make extremely difficult to implement, and said the western plans to arm the "opposition" would see most weapons fall into the hands of al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate .

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