Iran is trying to stop further bloodshed in the Middle East

Iran seeks to prevent further bloodshed in Middle East: Larijani

Mon Dec 3, 2012 1:46PM GMT

Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic seeks to prevent further bloodshed in the region by promoting negotiations and consultations on the ongoing crisis in Syria.

In a press conference on Monday, Larijani noted that Iran believes Syria should become more democratic, but Tehran is against military approaches.

“We cannot accept that countries which do not have democratic experiences bear the flag of democracy in Syria,” Larijani said, adding that Iran believes in finding a political resolution to the Syria crisis.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says some Western governments, especially the United States, and their regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are fanning the flames of violence in the country.

Iran Majlis speaker stated that those who think they can change the situation in Syria by sending arms into the country are mistaken.

Larijani said the Syrian officials are determined to find a political resolution to crisis, adding that any solution which would strengthen democracy in Syria and stop massacre would be acceptable.

The Iranian lawmaker noted that Tehran is ready to help those Syrian opposition groups which do not seek to implement reforms in Syria by arms.

“We have also held talks with them,” he added.

Iran hosted a two-day meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups in November with participants unanimously opposing foreign interference in the Arab country and calling for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on November 28 that Tehran is planning to host the second conference on Syria in the near future.

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