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President al-Assad meets Salehi (SANA)
President al-Assad meets Salehi (SANA)

President al-Assad meets Iranian FM in Damascus

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DAMASCUS- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets on Wednesday with Iran`s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi, who arrived in earlier on the day for talks with regime officials regarding Syria crisis.

Syria`s state media & TV says that President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

It gives no more details regarding talks during the meeting.

International press reports said that Salehi was received by Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmad Arnous at the international airport of Damascus. Upon arrival, Salehi said "we wish that we could reach one result for solving this problem (crisis) after the talks with our brothers in Syria."

 

Salehi also stressed that the solution to the 18-month-old crisis should emanate from the Syrians themselves "with the participation and coordination with all the international and regional institutes and regional countries that are sincere and truthful regarding resolving this issue."

 

Salehi's visit to Syria has come of his recent visit to Egypt, during which he held meetings with foreign ministers of Turkey and Egypt.


Earlier on Monday and according to a statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has proposed that observers from a contact group on Syria, comprising Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, be dispatched to the crisis-hit country and has announced that Tehran is ready to host a meeting of the group. 

Salehi made the remarks during a foreign ministerial meeting of the group that was held in Cairo on the same day.

Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi put forward the approach and the road map proposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran to find a way out of the Syrian crisis at the quartet meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Last week and in a rare news conference, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in Tehran on Sunday that members of his elite special operations unit, the Quds Force, are present in Syria and Lebanon.

“A number of members of the Quds Force are present in Syria but this does not constitute a military presence,” commander-in-chief of the IRGC Mohammad Ali Jafari said at a news conference in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian news agency ISNA reported.

General Mohammad Ali Jafari said it was an “honor” to “provide the Syrian government with any kind of consultation to defend Syria which is in the resistance circle,” al-Jazeera television reported earlier.

Later on Monday, Iran's foreign ministry denied remarks by the Revolutionary Guards commander-in-chief that members of the country's military forces were present in Syria and Lebanon, according to Arabic language Al Alam television.

"Reports by some Arabic and Western media, citing ... Jafari were selective, false and with political aims," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran's Al Alam television.

"Iran has no military presence in the region, especially in Syria," Mehmanparast added.

Western countries and Syrian opposition groups have accused Iran of providing weapons and expertise to Syrian armed forces. But, Iran has denied this.

Meanwhile, Iran accuses Turkey and Saudi Arabia of supplying or facilitating military support to Syria's rebels. Iranian officials have said Tehran has supplied medical and humanitarian relief to Damascus but have denied all allegations of military involvement.
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