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16:54 | 2013-06-12

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Iran's Deputy FM: Tehran, Moscow Reiterate Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Russia have consensus on finding a peaceful political solution to the Syrian crisis, a senior Iranian diplomat said.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian made the remarks after meeting with senior Russian officials in Moscow on Wednesday.

"Tehran and Moscow are firm in their joint stance that the Syrian crisis has no military solution," Amir Abdollahian said.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister noted that during his meetings with senior Russian officials they had detailed discussions on the situation in Syria and on ways to put an end to the ongoing crisis in the Muslim country.

Amir Abdollahian arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments, specially Syria.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister, heading a high-ranking delegation, embarked on a two-day visit to Russia yesterday to discuss bilateral ties and the Syrian crisis with the senior Russian officials.

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underlined that Tehran is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle Eastern country.

Last November, Iran hosted a meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition to encourage them to start talks to find a political solution to their problems. The National Dialogue Conference kicked off work in Tehran mid November with the motto of "No to Violence, Yes to Democracy".

The meeting brought together almost 200 representatives of various Syrian ethnicities, political groups, minorities, the opposition, and state officials.

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

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned 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 the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies sought hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.