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Zarif: Iran believes in democratic means to resolve Syria crisis

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Nov 9, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes in democratic means to resolve the Syrian crisis and armed conflict is of no use.

Zarif made the remarks in a joint press conference with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

He said that the international community must undertake collective campaign against terrorism and extremism.

Asked to comment about alleged Iranian interference in Syria quoted from the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Zarif said he heard nothing from the allegation from Staffan de Mistura as Iran believes that Syrian crisis should be resolved through peaceful means.

Regretfully, some countries and terrorist groups are now massacring civilians in Syria and turned the country's issue to an international dilemma, Zarif said.

'We believe that the international community should deal with terrorism and Syrian people should make decision on their fate', Zarif said.

'The terrorists access to financial resources should be cut and one should raise this question that how Daesh Takfirit terrorist group sells oil and transfer its revenues through the banks without any restrictions.'

On relations between Iran and Belgium, he said ties between the two countries are very deep-rooted dating back to 125 years ago.

Belgium has good record of activity and cooperation with Iran but it reduced due to arbitrary sanctions on Iran, he said.

Grounds are now well prepared for expansion of cooperation in various fields such as peaceful nuclear energy mainly in nuclear medicine, transport as well as technical fields.

Expansion of economic cooperation will help enhance level of diplomatic and political relations between the two nations, Zarif said.

They signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of political cooperation between the two foreign ministries.

Zarif and Reynders exchanged views on ways to cooperate in the international campaign against extremism, terrorism, human rights and deterioration of environment.

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