Iran says Latin America can help resolve Syrian crisisSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 08/05/2013 2:56 am in World / no comments
TEHRAN, May 7 — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi called for cooperation between Iran and Latin American countries to work out a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria, Press TV reported on Tuesday.
Salehi made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz in Iran’s capital Tehran on Monday.
Iranian official expressed hope that cooperation between the Islamic republic and Latin American countries, specifically Cuba, would help bring an end to the turmoil that started in Syria in March 2011, according to the report.
Iran and Cuba could contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Syria given Cuba’s special position as one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), he was quoted as saying.
On relations between Iran and Cuba, the Iranian foreign minister called for the enhancement of bilateral cooperation in various fields.
For his part, Sierra Diaz hailed the friendly ties between Tehran and Havana, saying Cuba supported Iran’s “constructive measures” to settle regional crisis.
Sierra Diaz also met with Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Europe and Americas’ affairs Ali Asghar Khaji on Monday.
In the meeting, Khaji said that independent countries like Iran and Cuba could work together against the policies by some Western states that threaten regional and global stability, according to Press TV.
The Iranian official stated that certain Western states, which claim to advocate human rights, support the terrorists in Syria and show double standards in their policies.
The two sides also discussed the developments in Latin America and the Middle East and underlined the necessity of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries and observing the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, said the report.