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Araqchi: No Military Solution to Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi voiced Tehran's strong opposition to any military solution to the crisis in Syria, saying unrests in the country should be resolved through political and democratic means, according to FNA.

Araqchi, who is in Ankara for an official visit, has emphasized that the crisis in Syria cannot be resolved through military means.

He reiterated that crisis in Syria will be definitely settled through comprehensive talks between the Syrian government and real opposition groups, not terrorists.

He further categorically denied claims about Tehran's military presence in Syria, and stated, "Iranian forces have never been, and are not present in Syria, and I deny this claim."

Meantime, Iran has intensified 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 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.

Earlier, Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee said that the 'Friends of Syria' conference which will be held in Iran's capital city later in May will try to find a peaceful and practical solution to the crisis in Syria.

Khazayee reiterated in a statement that the friends of Syria meeting slated for May 29 also proves the Islamic Republic's key role in this peaceful approach.

He said Iran believes the upcoming meeting could pave the way for further coordination among the countries which are Syria's true friends to help the country overcome the crisis.

He hoped the meeting could result in working out of a practical solution to the crisis in Syria.

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Deterioration in hunger striker Abu Daoud’s health status

AL-KHALIL- The Israeli occupation prison authorities have  transferred the prisoner Ayman Abu Daoud, 39 days on hunger strike, from Ramle prison hospital to Afula hospital due to his urgent need for intensive care, PPSlawyer Jawad Boulos confirmed,according to PIC.

Dozens of prisoners’ families organized on Tuesday a sit-in in solidarity with the striker Ayman Abu Daoud who declared his hunger strike protesting his re-arrest after being released in Wafa al-Ahrar deal in 2011.

The PPS called for a broad campaign in solidarity with Abu Daoud who was re-arrested on 12 March 2013 on trumped-up charges in order to re-impose the remainder of his previous sentence (29 years) leading him to declare an open hunger strike since 14 April 2013.

Ayman’s family appealed the international human rights organizations to intervene for the release of her son especially in light of his health deterioration.

The liberated captive Ayman Abu Daoud was released during Wafa al-Ahrar deal after being sentenced to 35 years and actually served 7.

Ayman Abou Daoud, re-arrested in 13 February 2013, represents hundreds of the freed captives who are victims of the Israeli violation to their release terms.

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Roknabadi: World Public Opinion Favors Diplomatic Settlement of Crisis in Syria

TEHRAN - Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi underlined that the world public opinion is in favor of the diplomatic settlement of the crisis in Syria and Tehran is due to hold a conference later this month to this end, according to FNA.

Roknabadi said the international meeting of 'Friends of Syria' in Tehran on May 29 is a good opportunity to promote coordination and mutual understanding among true friends of the Syrian nation in a bid to accelerate working out a solution.

He made the remarks, addressing a group of distinguished Lebanese press and media people and managers in Beirut.

He stressed that the world public opinion is very much interested in seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria but certain countries fanned the flames of the proxy war in Syria and caused a true crisis there through financial and arms supports to terrorists groups.

Pointing to Iran's steady and constructive role in materialization of the legitimate demands of the Syrian nation through talks and dialogue, the ambassador said the upcoming international meeting in Tehran on Syria which is a follow up to two previous ones will be held by participation of a remarkable number of countries and international organizations including the United Nations.

Iran has intensified diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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Iran Calls for Termination of Arms Supplies to Terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN - Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York in a statement issued a few days before Tehran hosts the 'Friends of Syria' conference underlined the necessity for an end to certain foreign countries' arms supplies to the rebel groups which are committing crimes against the Syrian people, according to FNA.

The full text of the statement is as follows:

In the Name of God

Press Release on the International Conference on Syria in Tehran on 29 May 2013

Pursuant to the two previous meetings on the developments in Syria, held in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the third meeting is scheduled to be held in Tehran on 29 May 2013. We are confident that this Conference could enhance consultations and coordination among the countries that are real friends of Syria with a view to assisting this country in surmounting the crisis. We are hopeful about the achievements that this Conference would have and, especially, the practical solution for the crisis that it could come up with. The fact that a great number of countries and international organizations will take part in this Conference is indicative of the increasing determination of world public opinion towards the peaceful resolution of the crisis and also the growing role that the Islamic Republic of Iran is playing in dealing with it.

With regard to this International Conference on Syria, the following are also noteworthy:

- The Islamic Republic of Iran plays an important role in peacefully resolving the crisis in Syria. Iran is a major country in the region and has put forward an important plan for the peaceful resolution of the crisis. It has so far organized two major conferences on the topic and is one of the members of the Group of 4 major regional countries (Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey) tasked with tackling the crisis in  Syria.

- On the same understanding, Iran has always criticized the actions by those countries that, while interfering in the Syrian domestic affairs and supporting the extremists and armed and illegal opposition groups, deliver arms to these groups . These countries are, undoubtedly, responsible before the Syrian and world public opinion. Instead of shipping arms and munitions, they should take part in rebuilding Syria.

- The Islamic Republic of Iran has always endeavored towards constructing and developing Syria. During the crisis, instead of shipping arms into that country to bring about destruction and stoke conflicts, Iran has provided the Syrians with food, medicine, fuel and the like on a constant basis to enhance the livelihood of the Syrian people.

 

- Since the onset of the crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always maintained a consistent and balanced position, stressing the need for fulfilling the legitimate demands of the Syrian people and encouraging reforms in Syria. Unfortunately, following the foreign intervention, the crisis turned into a proxy war, blocking the way of reforms by the Government towards improving the livelihood of the people.

- Iran has always been part of the solution in Syria, spared no effort in this direction and supported the good-intentioned plans aimed at justly resolving the crisis in a Syrian-led framework and dialogue between the Government and the opposition.

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Iran: Friends of Syria Meeting Aims to Find Practical Solution to crisis in Syria

TEHRAN (ST)- The meeting of friends of Syria which will be held in Iran's capital city later in May will try to find a peaceful and practical solution to the crisis in Syria , Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee said.

Khazayee reiterated in a statement that the friends of Syria meeting slated for May 29 also proves the Islamic Republic's key role in this peaceful approach.

He further noted that the third meeting of the Syria friends is slated for May 29, 2013, in Tehran as a follow up to the two previous ones also held in the Iranian capital.

He said Iran believes the upcoming meeting could pave the way for further coordination among the countries which are Syria's true friends to help the country overcome the crisis.

He hoped the meeting could result in working out of a practical solution to the crisis in  Syria.

Iran has intensified diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said his recent tour of the regional states was aimed at preventing the spread of the crisis in Syria into the region, and added that the regional countries share Tehran's views on Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is in constant contact with different regional states to prevent the harmful aftermaths of some regional developments from spreading to the entire region," Salehi said on the sidelines of a conference dubbed as 'Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Great Prophet's (PBUH) Sirah (life and tradition)' in Tehran.

Salehi also said that during his trip to Damascus he had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to share the world and regional countries' views on the crisis in Syria with Assad, and said "good decisions were made" at the meeting.

Salehi ended his two-day tour of Jordan and Syria last Wednesday. The Iranian foreign minister, heading a high-ranking delegation, started a visit to Jordan and Syria last week to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments, the Syrian crisis in particular.

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