• Wed / 4 April 2018 / 12:06
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 97011503510
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Zarif: US presence in Syria has led to widening of ethnic gaps


Tehran (ISNA) - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US presence in the region has led to the widening of ethnic gaps in Syria.

Zarif made the remarks while speaking to reporters upon arriving in the Turkish capital, Ankara, when he and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani are to take part in a tripartite summit on Syria.

The summit will also be attended by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“Everybody must accept that firstly, the problem of Syria must be solved through a political solution, and secondly, accept that this political solution must be reached by the Syrian people,” Zarif said.

Iran's top diplomat added, “Of course, the Zionist regime (of Israel) has continued its acts of aggression against Syria, but we recently witnessed the shattering of the myth of the Zionist regime’s invincibility through the resistance of the Syrian people”.

The Iranian foreign minister added that foreign countries should accelerate the process of the settlement of the Syria crisis through political channels instead of making decisions for the Syrian people, drawing up the Arab country's constitution, and provoking the negotiating sides.

Zarif said the US presence in the region has led to the widening of ethnic gaps in Syria and Washington's short-sighted policies on the war-ravaged country have resulted in "serious threats" to the region, Press TV reported.

He emphasized that empowering the Syrian government and providing it with more support were the best ways to counter the US.

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