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12:13 | 2013-05-01

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Iran's SNSC Secretary Urges Nat'l Dialogue for Ending Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili reiterated the necessity for the settlement of the Syrian crisis through talks, and said security cannot be established in the Muslim country by a group which seeks to grasp power through war and bloodshed.

Jalili made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham here in Tehran on Tuesday.

"A stable resolution to the ongoing crisis in Syria is achievable through a national dialogue and the participation of the Syrian people in their fight against anti-Assad terrorist groups," Jalili said.

He noted that the international community is duty-bound to minimize the Syrian people's sufferings.

Jihad al-Laham, for his part, praised the Iranian government and nation for supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Today international terrorists are operating against Syria and the Western countries' dual behavior towards the issue of terrorism is a proof of their empty claims about supporting human rights," the Syrian parliament speaker said.

Earlier this year, presidents of Iran, Egypt and Turkey in a meeting in Cairo underscored the necessity for an immediate stop in the bloodshed, violence and crisis in Syria.

In their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the OIC Summit, Ahmadinejad, Mursi and Gul proposed several initiatives and discussed various issues related to solving the Syrian crisis, but they were all agreed on the point that the massacres and bloodshed there needed to end immediately.

The three political leaders at the meeting commissioned the three countries foreign ministers to have a series of meetings to sum up the discussed issues and present them to the concerned parties and officials in Syria so that the crisis and bloodshed there would hopefully come to an end.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.