By Dalga Khatinoglu and Fatih Karimov
A top American diplomat says that the US is ready to cooperate with Iran to resolve the Syria crisis.
The US State Department’s Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre, who serves also as member of the US nuclear negotiator team with Iran told Trend Oct. 30, “To resolve the Syrian crisis, Washington is ready to cooperate with every nation, including Tehran and Damascus”.
The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the US, and Russia as well as representatives of China and some European, Arab nations will participate in a summit in Vienna on Oct. 30, dedicated to resolve the Syria crisis.
A day before this summit, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that there has not been any change in Iran’s policy on the Syria issue.
Responding to the question “Is the US willing to expand relations with Iran to resolve crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, and even problems between Washington and Tehran?”, Eyre said, “As it was announced recently, Iran has been officially invited to attend a meeting in Vienna on Oct. 30, aimed to discuss the Syrian crisis. Prior to that, Secretary of State John Kerry had said: “It’s important for us that key partners are in these discussions… They [Iran] could be a key partner, but they are not now”.
Tehran has always expressed support for the government of the Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Islamic Republic views the Syrian regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an “axis of resistance” against Israel.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies the accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only render military consultations to the Syrian forces.
The US and its partners say Bashar al- Assad can participate in a political transition, but would have to leave power at the end of the process if Syria is to ever move on from a war that has killed at least 250,000 people and forced more than 11 million from their homes.
Eyre said, “As the White House announced, the US believes that multilateral negotiations will be fruitful and effective only if all the parties participate. To resolve the Syrian crisis, Washington is ready to cooperate with every nation, including Tehran and Damascus. As they say, step by step. God willing, with the participation of all the related countries, the exacerbated situation in Syria would be mended”.
According to a report released by Fars News Agency on Oct. 29, Along with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi, Majid Takht Ravanchi and Hossein Amir Abdollahian will also attend the one-day event.
Araqchi and Takht Ravanchi are Iran’s nuclear team in negotiation with the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).