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News number: 9202245126

15:10 | 2013-05-28

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian, French Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Ties, Syrian Crisis in Tehran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and French Foreign Ministry Director General for North Africa and Middle East Affairs Jean Francois Giroux in a meeting in Tehran discussed bilateral ties and regional developments, specially the Syrian crisis.



During the meeting in Tehran on Monday, Amir Abdollahian underlined the need for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said, "France was expected to help hinder further aggravation of violence and crisis in Syria which could lead to spread of extremism in the entire region."

"Iran supports both the Syrian government and nation as well as those opponents who believe in democratic approaches, including holding a free election that enables the nation to decide for its own destiny," the Iranian deputy foreign minister added.

The French diplomat, for his part, underlined Iran's influential role in regional developments.

Francois Giroux also called for continuing talks between Iran and France on issues of mutual interest and developments in the Middle East.

Francois Giroux, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments, Syria in particular, with senior Iranian officials.