The Orthodox Church News:
…..Over 200 Syrian religious and political figures, leaders of tribes and parties as well as representatives and leaders of the opposition groups joined the two-day meeting in Tehran which kicked off on Sunday November 18.
Also a number of Syrian parliament members as well as senior political figures from Sudan, Algeria, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Brazil and Zimbabwe have taken part the meeting.
This was the first time that both Syrian opposition figures and the minister of national reconciliation Ali Haidar, as the representative of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, are discussing ways of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.
The Syrian National Dialogue Conference, titled “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy”, kicked off in Tehran on Sunday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle Eastern country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has used and will use all of its political capacity and capability to help the Syrian people move beyond the current sensitive conditions and restore stability and security in the country,” Salehi said in a meeting with Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Syria’s Aleppo, on the sidelines of the second day of the Syria National Dialogue meeting in Tehran on Monday.
The Syrians themselves must determine their destiny and any political reform in their country must be undertaken by the Syrian nation, Salehi stressed.
The Iranian foreign minister lashed out at certain foreign countries that seek to create a political vacuum in the Arab country and warned of the dire consequences of the persistence of insecurity in Syria particularly for its neighboring countries.
….Yohanna Ibrahim, for his part, described the Syria National Dialogue meeting as very important and hailed Iran’s role in settling the Syrian unrest as crucial and influential.
The archbishop also called for the continuation of the talks between all Syrian parties to bring an end to the crisis in the Arab Country.
The two-day meeting on Syria with the main theme of “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy” wrapped up in Tehran on Monday with the participants unanimously opposing foreign interference and calling for a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict.
Salehi had earlier said that representatives from nearly 40 active Syrian political parties, including 130 figures from inside Syria and 40 Syrian and non-Syrian figures from other countries, had taken part in the meeting.
Those attending the meeting agreed to form a committee to follow through national dialog in Syria and to extend the talks to other Syrian groups to prepare the ground for national reconciliation and political reforms.
Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.