Iranian parliamentary delegation in Syria for talks

August 26th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

Damascus, Aug 25 (IANS) A delegation from Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission arrived in the Syrian capital on a two-day visit Saturday for talks with top Syrian officials including President Bashar Al Assad.

The delegation comprises the commission’s chief, Alaeddin Boroujerdi and two other members, reported Xinhua.

The visit comes as Iran has recently proposed a new initiative to solve the Syrian crisis.

Boroujerdi told reporters after his landing that Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halki will take part in the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.

He expressed optimism and said that soon “we will see a solution to the current problems,” adding that during his visit he will hold talks and negotiations with the Syrian side.

“Our message to the brothers in Syria is a message of love and we hope to see stability and security in Syria,” he said.

A day earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said the Islamic republic will present an “acceptable and rational” proposal on the Syrian crisis at the upcoming NAM summit in Tehran, Iran’s Press TV reported.

“We believe that the proposal is acceptable, rational and principled and will include all parties involved in Syrian issues, ” said Salehi, adding that “it will be very difficult to oppose it”.

He noted that Iran has been in close contact with many countries as well as the Syrian opposition over the past year since the outset of the crisis in Syria, emphasizing that the ground should be prepared for an understanding between the Syrian government and opposition.

Salehi also pointed to Iran’s proposal to host talks between the Syrian government and opposition in a bid to end the violence in the Arab nation and expressed hope that Tehran would host the talks after the NAM summit.

He said most of the opposition have expressed their readiness to attend such talks, according to the report.

Salehi reaffirmed the Islamic republic’s “principled support” for Syria, saying that Damascus is an important ring in the chain of resistance against Israel.

The NAM summit will be held Aug 30-31 in Tehran.

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