Rationality Can Help Solve Regional Crisis

Rationality Can Help Solve Regional CrisisRationality Can Help Solve Regional Crisis

A senior diplomat says the only approach that could result in the resolution of regional crises is dialogue based on "rationality" without "prejudice".

"The Islamic Republic considers regional talks based on [principles of] shunning prejudice and pursuing rationality as the sole political solution," IRNA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying on Sunday.

He was addressing a Lebanese delegation that was in Tehran to attend the ceremonies marking the death anniversary of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic. Pointing to the five-year-old conflict in Syria, Amir-Abdollahian said destructive attempts by certain regional players have made it difficult to solve the crisis in the important Arab country. He did not name any country.

"Some sides have been encouraging, equipping and supporting terrorist groups to take irresponsible moves and violate the ceasefire [began last February] and [finally] topple the system in Syria," he said, hailing the Syrian nation for putting up resistance against such plots.

Syrians Should Determine Own Fate

"They offer no constructive approach to tackle the crisis," he said. "[This is while] the Islamic Republic of Iran has always insisted that Syria's fate should be determined by its own people and that there is no military solution to the crisis."

A nation-wide "cessation of hostilities", brokered by Russia and the US, has been in place since the past four months to facilitate intra-Syrian dialogue to reach a political solution.

However, raging violence in some parts of Syria, particularly around Aleppo, has left the fragile ceasefire in tatters in recent weeks and torpedoed peace talks on the conflict.

Amir-Abdollahian described the Israeli regime as the main cause of instability in the region and said regional states should place supporting the Palestinian cause against Israel on top of their agenda.

"The security of regional countries is an interconnected issue and the epicenter for [creating] insecurity in West Asia is the Zionist regime," he said, referring to the occupying power in Israel.