German official rejects military solution to Syria crisis

SHAFAQNA – A senior German official said Berlin envisages no military approach to settling Syria’s six-year civil war, stressing that the crisis needs to be resolved politically.

Addressing journalists in Tehran on Saturday, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Markus Ederer said he has voiced Germany’s concerns about Middle East conflicts with Head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati in a meeting prior to the joint press conference.

“I emphasized that there is no military solution for Syria,” Ederer added, noting that the crisis could be settled through dialogue.

On the bilateral relations between Tehran and Berlin, the German official highlighted the good grounds for economic, political, and cultural ties, stressing that Germany continues to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

During the press conference, Velayati talked about Iran and Germany’s common stances on regional affairs, saying Tehran, too, believes that regional problems have political solutions rather than military ones.

He also hailed Germany as a “reliable partner” for Iran when it comes to international cooperation in the UN or implementation of the JCPOA.

Iran and Germany have held regular political talks since coming into force of the JCPOA in January 2016.

Officials of the two countries have also discussed the ways out of crisis in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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