Iran’s foreign minister due in Damascus for Syria peace talks

Published August 12th, 2015 - 12:58 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be traveling to Syria's capital Wednesday. (AFP/File)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be traveling to Syria's capital Wednesday. (AFP/File)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to travel later Wednesday to Damascus where he is expected to discuss a peace plan for ending the country's civil war.

Iranian news agency Tasnim quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying that the Iranian four-point plan — an updated version of proposals Tehran put to the United Nations last year — would be formally proposed after discussions with Damascus and other regional players.

Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally. It has provided vital financial and military assistance to his embattled regime, which has lost considerable ground to mainly rebels and the Daesh (ISIS) extremist group in recent months.

According to a report in Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar last year, the original version of the Iranian plan involved a national unity government including the regime and representatives of the Damascus-based opposition — which has little credibility with armed rebel factions.

Powers would have been transferred from the president to the new government ahead of elections.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Lebanese Shiite leader Nabih Berri in Beirut on Wednesday, ahead of his trip to Syria, Zarif insisted that Iran was "a force in achieving peace in the region."

Iran's deal with world powers on its nuclear program would provide a basis for cooperation with other regional states, Zarif added.

Zarif also met overnight with the chief of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, according to the Hezbollah-run Al Manar television.

By Weedah Hamzah

This story has been edited from the source material.


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