Need for Syria Reforms

Need for Syria ReformsNeed for Syria Reforms

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs underlined the need to implement reforms in Syria using "democratic" means.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian made the remark in a Wednesday meeting with United Nations' special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, who was in Tehran as part of his regional tour to exchange opinions about the situation in the war-ravaged Arab state, ISNA reported.

"We do believe reforms are necessary, yet we reject any idea to intensify the mess in Syria, and believe that any given reform needs to be carried out through democratic means and by the Syrian people," he noted.

Hailing the special envoy's efforts to find a political solution to conflict in the Arab country, the senior diplomat reiterated Iran's clear stance on supporting the Syrian government and nation.

"Terrorist groups with different names are fighting in Syria," he said, underlining the resolve of the Islamic Republic to assist Syria and regional countries which are exposed to terrorist threats in countering the phenomenon.  

Amir Abdollahian referred to the four-point peace plan proposed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for the crisis in Yemen, urging serious and non-selective campaign against terrorism.

Earlier this year, Zarif had put forward details of a proposed peace plan according to which Tehran seeks to help end the ongoing conflict gripping Yemen. The proposal included hammering out a ceasefire, sending humanitarian assistance to the people affected by violence, launching national dialogue and establishing a broad-based government in the impoverished war-torn country.  

The UN envoy pointed to the increased danger of terrorism in Syria, calling "useless" the military approach to the crisis and emphasizing the need to take effective political measures to address the challenge.  

"Maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity, withdrawal of foreign fighters and respecting the rights of all social groups would be components of the political solution in Syria," de Mistura noted.  

He called for collective measures by all influential countries in the region to help defuse the crisis in Syria and highlighted the role of the Islamic Republic in this regard.