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29 February 2012 - 14:19

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi talked with the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria Kofi Annan Monday on the current Syrian crisis.

The top Iranian diplomat held negotiation with Former UN Secretary-General on the sidelines the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which is underway in Geneva, Switzerland.
At this meeting held by the request of Annan for about 20 minutes, Salehi described the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Syrian problems with a view on exploring the ways out of the critical condition which has dominated over that country.
Syria has been shaken by unrest and armed combat from almost a year ago as demonstrations have been staged against the government of Beshar al-Assad . Thousands of people have been killed during clashes since the beginning of the turmoil in March, 2011.
Referring to the strategic position of Syria in the region, Iran's Foreign Minister stressed on resolving the disputes in Syria based on domestic negotiations and the continuation of reforms asked by Syrian people which are to be executed by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi regarded foreign interferences in the course of internal developments in Syria as a cause for the exacerbation of local conflicts in the Arabian country and asserted that aiding Syrian government to implement reforms is necessary.
Syria is the regional ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran. On December, Iran's Majlis (parliament) passed a bill on free trade with Syria to back the Arabian republic hit by the West's economic sanctions.
Tehran has repeatedly underlined that Syria has sided with Palestinian Jihad groups resisting against the Zionist regime of Israel and must be supported.
Annan was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby last Thursday as joint special envoy on Syria. Describing his new mission on observing methods which may resolve Syrian disputes, he consulted with Iran's Foreign Minister.
Earlier, in his first statement on Friday, Annan had called for the full cooperation of all parties and stakeholders to help bring an end to Syria's violence and human rights abuses, Reuters reported.
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