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"Iran to participate in reconstruction of Syria"

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Mon / 15 October 2018 / 14:54

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi stressed that Iran will participate in reconstruction of Syria.

Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, Qassemi said, "Given the request of the Syrian government and presence of Iranian military advisors in the Arab country in order to assist Syrian forces in fighting against terrorism and considering the importance of reconstruction of Syria, Iran will participate in the important issue".

"Our plan is that private sector, industrial and commercial enterprises as well as technology sectors to have active participation in reconstruction of Syria and I hope conditions would be created as soon as possible for work to begin and for the Iranian private sector, too, to be able to play its vital role in serving the Syrian people," he added.

Answering the question that whether relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran could be restored, given that Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tweeted about Iran's readiness to cooperate with Riyadh despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Qassemi said, "Iran's stance was clear on the matter and has been repeatedly expressed before".

"In case the right conditions are created in the region, cooperation between regional countries can definitely have considerable impact on the peace, stability, and security of the region," he added.

"This issue is definitely in line with Iran's interests and has many advantages" Qassemi said about approving and implementing FATF bills.

"By taking into consideration our laws and frameworks, the Islamic Republic will keep moving on this path, which is highly beneficial" he added.

Qassemi also confirmed the receipt by Iran of a "written note" from the US about America's withdrawal from the "Treaty of Amity," signed between the two countries in 1955.

He said that despite a declaration of withdrawal, the pullout from the "Treaty of Amity" would take at least a year to take effect.

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