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Ahmadinejad Asks for Stop of Gunfights to Restore Peace in Syria

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday called for the cessation of hostilities and start of national understanding,according to FNA.

Ahmadinejad made the remarks while speaking to Iran's Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Sheibani via video conferencing and during a ceremony to inaugurate major ITC projects, including the Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) fiber optic project, which links Germany and several other European states to Iran.

In his remarks, President Ahmadinejad expressed the hope that security, tranquility, unity and solidarity would be restored in Syria.

He also hoped for the stop of gunfights and end of violence so that national understanding and the ground would be paved for the reconstruction of the country.

Iran has always underlined the need for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian problem, and has recently intensified its diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Tehran will be hosting the meeting of the Friends of Syria in late May in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in the Muslim country.

Representatives of a number of foreign countries and international organizations will take part in the upcoming friends of Syria meeting in the Iranian capital.


Vatican Role For Making Peace in The Region Stressed

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Patriarch Gregorios III Laham of Antioch and All the East for Greek – Orthodox Melkite stressed the importance of Vatican role for making peace, especially in Palestine and Syria, and visits by the Holy See officials to Syria for establishing peace in this country.

During his meeting with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of Vatican 's Eastern Churches complex at the headquarters of the Patriarchate in Rabweh on Saturday, Patriarch Lahham said that "Cardinal Sandri's visit emphasizes continued contacts and integration with the Holy See."

He underlined the importance of such meetings in order Christian-Muslim dialogue and achieving the objectives of the Apostolic guiding principles .

The two sides discussed the situation in the region and the challenges encountered it and the Christian presence, particularly in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.


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Syrian-Lebanese Latest Developments Discussed

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Syria 's ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim discussed with former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss on Saturday developments in Syria ,Lebanon and the region in light of international efforts to convene "Geneva Conference 2" based on the Russian-American compatibility.

"We discussed the war taking place in Syria and the planned sedition to ignite the region ", the Syrian ambassador said , pointing out that Hoss was careful " to indicate lesson given by resistance in fortifying Lebanon , Syria and the region against sedition."

Abdul Karim indicated that Syria, from the beginning, called for a national dialogue conducive to its safety, and stability .

He stressed the need to withstand all ripping ,division and strife schemes , pointing out that the resistance future victories are coming up in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and all the Arab region.


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Sayyed Nasralah: US-backed takfiri plot threatens region


BEIRUT,(ST)_Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hasan Nasralah, has underscored that the US seeks to have hegemony over the region through the Takfiri plot which it backs and funds.

In a speech he delivered on the occasion of the 13 anniversary of Resistance and Liberation Day, Sayyed Nasralah said: " Syria has became a battlefield to impose a political plot drown up by America and its allies in the region ..Syria has backed resistance, so this resistance can not remain a mere bystander." 

He added that if Syria fell in the hands of America, Israel and the Takfiris, the future of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and the whole region would be dark.

"What is going on in Syria is very important to Lebanon… . Since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, we said that some of popular demands are right and there are positive and negative features," Sayyed Nasralah said, noting hat dialogue is the only way to realize reform.

He made it clear that what is going on in Syria has nothing to do with reforms or revolution of the people against the 'regime'.

Opposition rejects dialogue

Sayyed Nasralah, in addition, cited that the Syrian leadership has accepted to sit on the table of negotiation while the opposition has rejected this and insists on its stance until now, in the hope that the regime will be toppled in a short time.

"The takfiris and gunmen have entered Syria after being granted the necessary facilitations…this matter did not bother those who met in Jordan under the name 'Friends of Syria', Sayyed Nasralah said,  adding that those who are fighting in Syria affiliate to the so called ' The Islamic State of Iraq' organization  which have claimed operations against Iraqis from different sects.

He asked: ''Does the outside opposition have any leverage over the armed groups which have captured some areas?'', noting that everyone knows that Takfiri thinking dominates the armed groups that are being supported by some Arab states.

"If the takfiri groups control Syria or Syrian provinces, particularly those adjacent to the Lebanese border, Lebanon and all the Lebanese people will be at risk," he said.

Sayyed Nasralah stressed that the US works to prevent Syria from possessing air-defense systems while it sells billion-worth arms to other Arab states because there are guarantees that these arms are not to be used against Israel.

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Abdollahian: Russia, China to Take Part in Tehran Meeting on Syria

Tehran- (ST) -  Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian announced on Saturday that Russia and China will participate in the meeting on Syria, scheduled to be held on May 29 in Tehran under the slogan "Political Solution and Regional Stability".

 In a statement to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA), Abdollahian said the meeting is a step forward within the framework of efforts aiming at finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria based on halting ongoing violence and launching national dialogue in the country.

 He pointed out that his country has invited to the meeting countries with different stands on the crisis in Syria, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and that the invitations were made in line with Tehranˈs policy to encourage regional cooperation to help settle this crisis.

"Iran welcomes the participation of representatives from the three countries however it is up to them to accept or reject the invitations,ˈ Amir Abdollahian said commenting on the possibility of the participation of Turkish, Qatari and Saudi officials in the May 29 meeting.

On the current situation in Bahrain, Abdollahian said international efforts should be made to stop violence in Bahrain and conduct real and effective national dialogue to resolve the dispute in that country.

H. Mustafa