Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday there could be no military solution to the devastating war in Syria and vowed to throw Tehran s weight behind a political solution.
Appearing at a gathering of political and business leaders in Switzerland just days after Iran sealed a historic deal ending punishing sanctions by the West over its nuclear programme, Zarif said Iran was now determined to help end a conflict in Syria that has killed more than 250,000 people and left millions displaced.
“There is no military solution to the (Syrian) crisis. We need a political solution. Everyone must understand that,” he told the elite meeting in the snow-covered ski resort of Davos.
Zarif said Iran believed a ceasefire in Syria was required before a national unity government could be set up and elections based on a new constitution held.
“We are determined to assist in this process,” he said.
Iran wanted the region to make common cause against “our common threat — extremism”, he said.
He said the Islamic State jihadists and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra — another extremist group which is fighting the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria — were “ravaging our entire region and ravaging the world”.
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