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2022-May-12  11:44

Iran Asks for Removal of Sanctions against Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to the European Union Gholam Hossein Dehqani said the crisis in Syria can be ended through removal of sanctions and cessation of attempts underway to isolate the Arab country.

“War, sanctions, (economic) siege and blockade of humanitarian aid will not do good to their architects. The international community must take lessons from its mistakes, and stop efforts aimed at isolation of the Syrian government by lifting oppressive sanctions against the Syrian nation,” Dehqani said, addressing the Sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” in the Belgian capital city of Brussels.

He elaborated on the Islamic Republic's stance vis-à-vis Syrian conflict, and emphasized the need for effective mechanisms in order to resolve the crisis.

The senior Iranian diplomat also criticized Western countries’ stance on the matter.

Dehqani hailed the relative stability in Syria, saying, “The only viable path to restore peace, resume negotiations, ensure political settlement of the crisis and reconstruct Syria is to respect the territorial integrity and political sovereignty of that country.”

The Iranian diplomat also underlined that terrorist groups must be eliminated from Syria, and denounced the double standards of some Western countries concerning terrorism and their so-called differentiation between "good" and "bad" terrorists.

“There is no good or bad terrorism. Such a short-minded division would lead to further exacerbation of crises and threats to global security since terrorism cannot be constrained to one particular region,” Dehqani said.

He then pointed to Iran's humanitarian assistance to Syria, namely construction of schools, hospitals and medical facilities, saying Tehran has also supported Damascus in the fight against COVID-19 outbreak and helped it rebuild Syria’s economic and industrial infrastructure.

The Iranian ambassador criticized the silence of the international community on Israeli acts of aggression against non-military and civilian sites inside Syria, terming such strikes a blatant violation of the UN Charter.

“Solution to the Syrian crisis can only be achieved through a comprehensive approach that covers all aspects of the matter, including an end to illegal sanctions, return of all Syrian refugees, cessation of Israeli attacks on Syria and increased humanitarian aid to the country,” he said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian declared in August that Tehran and Damascus were in talks to devise plans to fight against the US sanctions.

“We had very useful talks with my dear brother Mr. Faisal al-Mikdad about expanding and strengthening our relations as much as possible. The two countries are drawing up a plan for the active development of economic and trade cooperation to counter the oppressive sanctions imposed by the enemies,” Amir Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal al-Mikdad in Damascus.

“We examined the latest developments in the region. We believe that any political and security arrangements in the region will be achieved with the presence and participation of all the regional states, including the Syrian Arab Republic, and in this direction we consider the role of Iraq and Syria important to help establish new regional arrangements in the political, security and economic fields,” he added.

“The presence of foreign forces in the region will not contribute to the lasting security and stability in this sensitive region,” Amir Abdollahian said.