Iran offers to send observers to Syria

Published September 18th, 2012 - 07:19 GMT
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Iran has proposed to Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia sending observers of the four countries to Syria in order to try to help end the violence in this country, media reports claimed on Tuesday, citing Iranian officials.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made the proposal at a meeting on Monday in Cairo, where representatives of the "contact group" on Syria involving the four regional powers gathered, reported the official news agency IRNA.

Salehi also proposed to his counterparts to hold the next meeting of the quadripartite group created following the initiative of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Tehran, according to the same source. He explained that the observers of the four countries would "oversee a process to end the violence" in Syria, IRNA said without giving any indication of the nature of such a process or framework in which observers could intervene .

The Iranian minister "called for a simultaneous cessation of violence by the parties and without foreign intervention and also to stop the financial and military aid to the Syrian opposition," according to IRNA.

Iran accuses the West and several countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, of providing military and financial assistance to armed groups fighting the Syrian regime for more than a year. The Syrian opposition and the West accuse Iran of supporting the military regime in Damascus, its main ally in the region.

Iran has denied providing military aid to Damascus, while acknowledging that it sent Revolutionary Guards elements as "advisors" to the Syrian authorities.


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