Iran welcomes designation of new UN envoy to Syria

Iran welcomes designation of new UN envoy to Syria

Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:3PM GMT

Iran has welcomed the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new United Nations special envoy to Syria, vowing to help the veteran diplomat achieve success in his mission.

Iran reaffirms its readiness to assist de Mistura in his task in view of the realities in Syria, particularly after the country’s presidential election in June, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday.

“Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized a political solution to the crisis and had full cooperation with Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN envoys to Syria,” she added.

Afkham expressed hope that the new UN envoy would play an effective role in restoring peace to Syria given his experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On July 10, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that he has appointed veteran diplomat de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

De Mistura, who has served as the head of the UN missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, will take on the peace facilitation role previously held by Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May, and before that by Kofi Annan.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the Western-backed militants.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

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