Iran Calls for Urgent Humanitarian Aid to Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with Head of Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid Organization Manuel Bessler in Bern on Friday called for immediate international aid to Syria. 

“Syria is in need of urgent humanitarian aid,” the Iranian deputy foreign minister said. 

Amir Abdollahian and Bessler also underlined the need for resolving the Syrian crisis through political means. 

The two sides, meantime called for boosting cooperation in anti-terrorism campaign, and said, “The current actions against extremism are not enough.” 

Iran has always underlined the necessity for settling the crisis in Syria through peaceful solutions. 

Amir Abdollahian announced earlier this month that Tehran would soon present an updated version of its plan to the UN to settle the crisis in Syria. 

“Iran’s updated initiative on Syria will be presented to the UN secretary general,” Amir Abdollahian said. 

Yet, he dismissed reports on the details of Iran’s updated plan as media speculations, and said, “The plan will be declared and presented to the UN secretary general after precise consultations between Tehran and Damascus.” 

Also in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem in Damascus last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the problems in Syria don’t have a military solution. 

“We consider the solution to problems in Syria as political and don’t see any prospect for a military solution,” Zarif said. 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that respecting Syrians’ sovereignty and self-determination through voting and non-interference of foreigners in the internal affairs of the people, specially the subject of leaderships of Syria, are issues to be decided by the Syrian people,” he added. 

Muallem, for his part, described Iran’s achievements in nuclear talks with the world powers as highly important in promoting diplomacy and talks to settle the regional problems.

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