by Staff Reporter
May 28, 2913 (TSR) – Iran will host on Wednesday an international forum, with more than 40 countries attending, to help find a “political solution” for the conflict in ally Syria, the foreign ministry said, as France, the United States and Russia push for their own peace conference.
During the conference, which will be held under the banner of “Political Solution – Regional Stability” on May 29, the representative of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will submit Annan’s message to the participants, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a Sunday interview with Iranian Arabic-language satellite TV channel al-Alam.
Abdollahian did not identify the countries expected to attend the Iran conference.
“What we will do in Tehran and what will come out of Geneva 2 must ensure that the conditions are met for the Syrians to decide the fate of their country,” Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs added.
The aim of the Tehran conference “is to pave the way for an end to the violence and help organize elections under international supervision.”
He further expressed hope that a later conference due to be held in Geneva on Syria would also contribute to the fulfillment of the expectations of the Syrian people.
“In Tehran, no one will make decisions for the Syrian people and neither is anyone in Geneva in a position to decide for this people,” he added.On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.
Iran’s announcement comes as France is to host on Monday evening a three-way meeting to discuss preparations for the so-called Geneva 2 peace conference which Russia and the United States hope to convene in June.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will hold talks in Paris with his US and Russian counterparts, John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, whose country is the main ally of the Syrian regime.
Tehran had already hosted a meeting between Syrian government officials and representatives of opposition parties in mid-November 2012.
It was attended by some 200 delegates who represented the government and various ethnic and religious political groups.
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