Iran part of solution to Syrian unrest: UN spokesman
A spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described Iran as part of the solution to the current crisis in Syria.
Martin Nesirky made the remark during a Tuesday press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, where he briefed reporters on the latest talks between UN officials and Iranian authorities on the situation in Syria.
The UN secretary general discussed the Syrian unrest in talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Sunday, while the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, visited Tehran this week and held talks on the issue with Salehi as well as Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili on Tuesday.
Nesirky also announced in his New York press conference that Annan is to brief members of the UN Security Council via a video conference on his talks with Iranian and Iraqi officials, regarding the situation in Syria.
The UN spokesman also elaborated on the concerns about the likelihood of the Syrian unrest spilling over to other regions, prompting UN authorities to monitor the situation closely.
He further noted that the extension of UN inspectors’ mission in Syria and the addition to their numbers will be decided by the UN Security Council.
Kofi Annan arrived in the Iranian capital on Monday to hold talks with senior officials about the latest developments in Syria.
Before heading to Tehran, Annan paid a visit to Syria where he held “constructive” talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus earlier on Monday.