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News number: 9101141247

08:42 | 2012-04-11

Foriegn Policy

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Top Advisor: Syrian Opposition Contacted by Tehran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A top advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker said that Iran has contacted the Syrian opposition.



"Iran has recently made contacts with the Syrian opposition, which shows Iran's influential role in resolving issues facing Syria," said Hossein Sheikholeslam, the Iranian parliament speaker's advisor on international issues.

"Iran has influence on (Syrian) national forces and the Syrian government and can persuade certain regional countries to accept its views," he stated.

Sheikholeslam commented on the UN and Arab League (AL) joint special envoy Kofi Annan's role in resolving the Syrian crisis, saying Annan's engagement in Syrian issue signifies the failure of a military solution to the Syrian issue.

Meantime, he complained that "Annan was the West's selection about whom no consultations were held with Syria".

"However, Kofi Annan's engagement in the Syrian issue illustrates the fact that efforts by the US-Israeli bloc and two regional kings meant to undermine the line of resistance have failed because Kofi Annan's engagement signifies the failure of a military solution."

Annan arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks on Syrian situation.

During his stay in Iran, Annan will hold talks with Iranian officials including Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi about Syria.