Merkel welcomes Iran role in any Syria talks

Merkel welcomes Iran role in any Syria talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed potential involvement by Iran in any negotiations to end the conflict in Syria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed potential involvement by Iran in any negotiations to end the conflict in Syria. 

Answering a question at a Monday news conference in the German capital, Berlin, Merkel said, “I think Iran has a lot of influence over what happens in Syria. And everyone is welcome to participate constructively in the negotiations.”

Syria has been the scene of a deadly turmoil since March 2011. Reports say the violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 240,000 people.

Since the beginning of the conflict, Iran has emphasized that the only sustainable solution to the crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

Damascus has also always stressed that any diplomatic effort to resolve the conflict would be in vain if it excludes the Arab country’s friends, including Iran.

Two rounds of UN-mediated talks on Syria, dubbed Geneva I and II, were held in June 2012 and February 2014 respectively without the presence of Iran. Both conferences met with failure after foreign-sponsored opposition figures in the talks refused to discuss the militancy and widespread terrorism in the country.

The crisis in Syria has displaced over 7.2 million people internally and forced more than four million others to flee to neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon.



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