News ID: 130137
Published: 0747 GMT November 02, 2015

Deputy FM: Iran to walk from Syria talks if unconstructive

Deputy FM: Iran to walk from Syria talks if unconstructive

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic will not participate in future international talks on the ongoing crisis in Syria if it finds them unconstructive and negative.

“As a matter of principle, the Islamic Republic of Iran will participate in negotiations that will be productive and contribute to a political solution in Syria,” Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with Iran's Arabic-language news channel, Al-Alam, on Monday.

“In the first meeting [in Vienna], some countries, especially Saudi Arabia, played an unconstructive and negative role,” he added, saying that they also lacked "robust reasoning."

At the Vienna talks, Iran stressed the importance of preparing the grounds for the Syrian people to decide for their country’s political future, he noted.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized that Tehran never supports a process that would allow other countries to make decisions about Syria’s political future.

Amir-Abdollahian said Iran will support the path of negotiations and fight against terrorism in war-hit Syria.

The international day-long meeting on the Syrian crisis wrapped up in the Austrian capital on Friday. Foreign ministers from Iran, the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Jordan, Britain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Lebanon, China and Oman attended the talks.

Envoys from the United Nations and the European Union were also present at the meeting.

This was the first time that the Islamic Republic attended the talks after it was denied participation in the previous two rounds – both of which ended inconclusively – under pressure from the US and its allies.

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