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FM spokesman underlines national dialogue, free elections as only solution to Syrian crisis

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ankara, Dec 25, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast underlined halt in clashes, preparing the ground for national dialogue and free and democratic elections as the only solutions to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

He made the remark here on Monday in a meeting with director general of information and press of the Turkish Prime Minister's office, Murat Karakaya.

Mehmanparast was meeting with the Turkish official in his capacity as the Iranian Foreign Ministry's head of public diplomacy and media department.

Stressing the right of the Syrian nation to determine its own destiny, he referred to the regional developments, especially those in Syria, and said Tehran opposes interference of western countries in Syrian domestic affairs.

He said halt in clashes, paving the way for national dialogue and holding free and democratic elections are the only way out of crisis for the Syrian nation.

He further noted that the continuing instability and enduring violence in Syria are what western powers desire to ensure the interests of the Zionist regime.

The FM official called on the regional countries to be vigilant enough not to pave the way for the military presence of western countries which are the Zionist regime patrons in the region.

Criticizing the untrue remarks of some Turkish officials, he said Turkish authorities should try to improve cooperation between the two countries in line with settlement of regional crises instead of making remarks which could trigger differences.

As for the role of media in enhancing bilateral relations, he said the media and press of the two countries have to increase interaction and cooperation to act as reliable sources.

The Turkish official, for his part, pointed to the importance of ties between the two nations and said establishment of peace and stability in the region would benefit both countries.

He reiterated that enhancing media cooperation is of great importance in illustrating realities.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1034776

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