Mideast Conflicts Discussed With Lebanon, Syria

Mideast Conflicts Discussed With Lebanon, SyriaMideast Conflicts Discussed With Lebanon, Syria

A lawmaker said ways to control the chaotic situation in the Middle East, particularly the resolution of Syrian conflict and promotion of Lebanon's stability, were discussed in the recent trip of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to Syria and Lebanon.

Hajar Chenarani, a member of the delegation, made the statement in an interview with ISNA on Saturday. "Our talks in most of the meetings were focused on the Middle East and the role each of the two countries can play in improving the conditions, in addition to Iran's efforts to defuse tensions in the region," she said.

The Majlis delegation, headed by Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, embarked on the two-country, four-day tour last Monday.

During its two-day stay in Beirut, the delegation met senior Lebanese officials, including Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berry.

Boroujerdi also held talks with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the latest political and security developments in the region.

Later, the lawmakers departed for Damascus where they met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Parliament Speaker Hadiyeh al-Abbas, Prime Minister Imad Khamis and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Wednesday and Thursday.

Chenarani said the negative role of Saudi Arabia in fomenting tensions in the region and the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey and the following crackdown on the coup plotters were also discussed in the meetings. The lawmaker said the Syrian conflict was top of the agenda, as "peace in Syria means peace in the region."

"Iran is doing its best to accelerate the return of peace to Syria in order to improve security in the region," he said. Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various militant groups, including the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group, currently controlling parts of it.

Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.