Need to Broaden Political Interaction for Syria Peace

Syrian Government forces celebrate their victory over terrorists in Idlib in January.Syrian Government forces celebrate their victory over terrorists in Idlib in January.

 Iran should step up its diplomatic efforts and engage with a wider range of influential actors to be able to reap the benefits of its long-running campaign against terrorists in war-ravaged Syria, says a former diplomat.  
"We need to get involved more seriously in the political process aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis by increasing our diplomatic efforts and  interacting with more players, including the European Union and regional stakeholders," Nasrollah Tajik told ILNA in an interview.
The Islamic Republic should not tie its fate in Syria to Russia, he stressed. "Iran is acting alone in the field in Syria. The Russians have their own reservations and pursue their own interests -- just as Iran does."
Iran and Russia, at the request of the government in Damascus, came to the Arab nation’s help in defeating a foreign-backed militancy. Moscow’s support has been mainly through air cover for Syrian forces while Tehran’s role is more focused on coordinating affairs on the ground.
The two countries, plus Turkey, which is supporting the Syrian opposition groups, are also leading the peace efforts, known as the Astana Peace Process, to end the seven-year civil strife. 


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