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Iran ready to welcome any settlement on Syria — diplomat

September 15, 2016, 10:32 UTC+3

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari has called on Moscow and Tehran to hold regular consultations on the situation in the Middle East

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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Tehran will welcome any plan that could facilitate the settlement of the Syrian conflict, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari stated at a press conference on Thursday.

While commenting on the Russian-US ceasefire deal for Syria clinched on September 9, Jaberi Ansari said that "Russia and the US are responsible for the implementation of this deal because they are the parties that have reached it." At the same time, he noted that Iran was ready to welcome "any agreement that will cover humanitarian issues and help put a stop to the humanitarian catastrophe, while promoting the peace process in Syria." "Iran will applaud any deal that facilitates the settlement in Syria," Jaberi Ansari stated.

According to the diplomat, Moscow and Tehran should hold regular consultations on the situation in the Middle East. 

"Considering the speed of events in the Arab region, and the depth of the changes it is imperative that Russia and Iran hold regular consultations,"  Jaberi Ansari said following his meeting with Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

During the consultations held on September 14 the two sides called for observing the ceasefire in Syria and holding the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva at an early date. They also exchanged views in detail on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The talks focused on the situation in and around Syria in the light of the beginning of the implementation of the September 9 Russian-US agreements on consolidating the cessation of hostilities regime in Syria, fighting terrorist groups and facilitating humanitarian access.

The two diplomats expressed satisfaction with the constructive approach of the Syrian authorities and their willingness to honor their part of commitments to maintain the truce and pointed to the need of compliance with it by the Syrian opposition armed groups.

There was also a consensus on the need for the speedy launching the UN-sponsored inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva on the basis of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, UN Security Council Resolution 2253 and the decisions of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG).

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