Iran calls for int'l support for Assad's "initiative" to resolve Syrian crisis: official

Iran calls for int
# 07 January 2013 23:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called on Monday for international and regional support for what he called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "initiative" to resolve the Syrian crisis, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

On Sunday, Assad offered a new peace plan to end the crisis in Syria. He suggested a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution, but he also demanded that other countries must first stop helping opposition fighters.

Commenting on the importance of the plan, Amir-Abdollahian said that the proposed plan which seems to be an all-inclusive one will help stop violence in Syria and could serve as the pivotal point among the involved parties, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The plan could aid the Syrian nation to attain its objectives in a democratic manner, he said, adding that a halt in terrorist operations against the Syrian nation and controlling borderlines will help implement the plan.

The real opponents of the Syrian government who have supporters among the nation believe in only political solutions and vehemently reject massacre of people and destructive acts in the country, he maintained.

Iran will always respect the opinion of the Syrian nation formed through a democratic process whether it includes Bashar al- Assad as the president or anybody else as his successor, said the Iranian official.

Iran is the major regional ally of the Syrian government in its conflict with armed opposition groups.