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13:23 | 2013-06-01

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Turkey Underlines Iran's Vital Role in Solving Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey's President Abdullah Gul underlined the vital role Iran plays in regional and international arenas, especially in resolving the crisis in Syria.

Seeking a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis would be impossible in the absence of Iran and Russia, said the Turkey's president on his way back from Turkmenistan during a press conference in response to a question on how the Syrian crisis can come to an end.

On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on the sidelines of the International Friends of Syria Conference in Tehran that Iran has received oral invitation to attend international Geneva meeting on Syrian crisis, but added that a written invitation has not received yet.

Amir Abdollahian said that after receiving the written invitation, Iran will make a decision about it.

He added that in diplomatic talks Iran has declared that concerning concentration of Geneva meeting on political solution for the crisis, we consider every invitation with a positive view.

The Russians and Americans agreed during Kerry's visit to Moscow to set up a conference of international players to end the crisis in Syria. Moscow wants to involve all the nations which took part in the Geneva conference on Syria last summer, and says without Iran's participation the conference cannot succeed.

On Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once again underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.

"This issue is not related to the Syrians alone, as there are a number of foreign players involved at that crisis as well, and therefore, Iran's presence at that conference is of key importance for us," Lavrov said.

"In my talks with the US and French foreign ministers John Carry and Lauran Fabio aimed at solving the ambiguities about the combination of participating countries at Geneva II International Conference on Syria I gained their approval on need for revising their former decision," he added.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that Tehran is likely to take part in the Geneva II Conference on Syria if the co-hosts, the US and Russia, invite it to the international gathering.

"If the Geneva II Conference is held and if Iran is invited, we will study our presence with a positive view," Araqchi said.

Araqchi underlined that Iran expects the Geneva II conference to find a solution acceptable to the Syrian people, and said, "Comprehensiveness is a necessity for the success of this conference, meaning that all the people who are influential in Syria and can help to the settlement of this crisis should take part in that meeting in a bid to guarantee its success."