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18:01 | 2013-04-30

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Envoy: Tehran, Cairo Call on Riyadh's to Return to Syria Contact Group Meetings

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran's Interests Section in Egypt Mojtaba Amani announced that Egypt has presented a new plan for the settlement of the Syrian crisis, and voiced Tehran and Cairo's pleasure with Saudi Arabia's participation in the ministerial meeting of the quadrilateral contact group on Syria.

"Based on Egypt's new plan eight sides in addition to the representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition will embark on consultations (on the crisis in Syria)," Amani told FNA on Tuesday without specifying the names of the other parties to the talks.

Asked about the possibility of Saudi Arabia's presence in the meetings of the quadrilateral contact group on Syria which was formed in September, he said, "(Since the very first day) the meetings were to be attended by four countries (Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia), but after the first meeting, Saudi Arabia refrained from attending the following sessions. Yet, Iran and Egypt welcome Saudi Arabia's return to the talks."

In relevant remarks in Sunday, the Iranian top diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi announced that the foreign ministers of the quadrilateral contact group on Syria will convene in the near future to discuss a political solution to the current crisis in Syria, adding that Tehran has announced its readiness to host the talks.

Speaking at a press conference with Guinea-Bissau's foreign minister here in Tehran, Salehi said that he has contacted his counterparts in the Syria Contact Group (Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia) in a bid to speed up diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

"A foreign ministerial meeting was decided to be held in the near future and we voiced our preparedness to host the meeting," he added.

"Yet, if the meeting is decided to be held in another place, like Saudi Arabia, we will express our consent again," the Iranian top diplomat continued.

Following a quadrilateral ministerial meeting on Syria in Cairo in September, 2012, Salehi had said that members of the Contact Group on Syria share identical views about finding a solution to the current crisis in Syria.

"The common ground between us is more than our differences," he said at a joint press conference with his Turkish and Egyptian counterparts.

The Iranian minister emphasized that there must be a Syrian solution and not one imposed from the outside.

During the press conference, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that the group of four countries agreed on some common points.

Meantime, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said it was too early to devise a specific plan.

The three foreign ministers also held a meeting with UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi.