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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Syrian PM arrives in Tehran to discuss regional developments

Syrian PM arrives in Tehran to discuss regional developments
PRESS TV (Iran) Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:13PM GMT
http://presstv.com/detail/2013/01/15/283688/syrian-pm-in-tehran-on-twoday-visit/

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi has arrived in Tehran on a two-day
state visit to exchange views with Iranian officials on matters of mutual
concern as well as regional and international issues.

Upon his arrival in Tehran on Tuesday, the Syrian premier was welcomed by
Iran’s Minister of Road and Housing Ali Nikzad, Syrian Ambassador to Tehran
Hamed Hassan, Palestinian Ambassador Salah Zawawi as well as a number of
officials from the Iran Presidential Office and Foreign Ministry.

The Syrian official, who is visiting Tehran at the invitation of Iran’s
First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, is accompanied with 10 government
officials including ministers of oil, energy and finance.

During his stay in Tehran, al-Halqi will discuss Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad’s peace roadmap, political and economic issues as well as regional
and international developments with Iranian officials.

In an address on January 6, the Syrian president proposed a new strategic
roadmap for dialogue with the opposition and political parties to resolve
the unrest in Syria.

Assad called for an end to terrorist operations in Syria and urged
“concerned states and parties” to stop funding, arming and harboring
militants.

Iran has voiced support for Assad’s roadmap for the restoration of peace in
his crisis-stricken country.

“The most peaceful way to stop more damage to people [of Syria] in the
shortest possible time and create appropriate conditions to meet people's
demands is the plan announced by Bashar Assad which conforms to the plan we
[Iran] had earlier outlined,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin
Mehmanparast said on Monday.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people,
including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the
country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are
foreign nationals.

KA/SS

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