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Official: Iran to Pursue NAM's Proposed Solution to Syrian Crisis

Politics - Ratifications of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on Syria set the agenda for the Iranian team in the quartet meeting in Cairo, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tuesday.

Diplomats from Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia - contact group on Syria - gathered in Cairo last evening to find a solution to the current crisis in Syria.

"We are at the meeting as NAM's rotating president and we are willing to present and pursue the different ideas provided by the NAM leaders as a way out of the status quo and as a political solution (to Syrian crisis)," Amir Abdollahian, who represents Iran in the quadrilateral talks, told FNA.

Meantime, Abdollahian said that the statement issued by Egyptian foreign ministry was a "balanced solution" to the Syrian crisis which calls for rapid termination of violence, protecting Syrian unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and opposing foreign meddling.

Abdollahian also said Egypt has proposed that the next meeting be held at the ministerial level.

Abdollahian represented Iran in the quadrilateral meeting with senior Turkish, Egyptian and Saudi diplomats in Cairo last evening to discuss ways of ending bloodshed in Syria.

The initiative for forming the quadrilateral contact group on Syria was put forward by Egypt's first post-revolution President Mohammad Mursi at a recent emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The proposal went under further discussions during a recent phone talk between the Iranian and Egyptian foreign ministers and was also a topic of discussions between senior Iranian and Egyptian officials on the sidelines of the 16th heads-of-state summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran late in August.

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