Iran Welcomes Russia-US Ceasefire Agreement in Syria

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Iran has welcomed a Russia-US mediated ceasefire agreement in Syria aimed at putting an end to more than five years of deadly conflict gripping the Arab country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes a ceasefire in Syria and the facilitation of the access of all the country's people to humanitarian aid,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said.

The ceasefire does not include the terrorist groups of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch formerly known as al-Nusra Front, as well as newly-established terrorist splinter groups, Qassemi said.

“Taking into account the experience of the past few months, the ceasefire should be sustainable and have implementation guarantees and should not be exploited as an opportunity for the reinforcement and delivery of arms and militants to terrorist groups,” he added.

The Iranian official also called on the international community “to confront the Takfiri extremist terrorism seriously, resolutely, unconditionally and relentlessly.”

“As the Syrian government has reiterated … the maintenance and prevalence of the truce hinges on the establishment of a comprehensive monitoring mechanism, especially border controls to prevent the dispatch of fresh terrorists and shipment of weapons and other material resources for the terror groups,” he pointed out.

Qassemi further noted that the Islamic Republic has always emphasized that a halt in fighting and a political solution constitute the only way out of the Syria crisis.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari also reaffirmed Tehran’s positive outlook on the Syrian truce, saying that any agreement on and solution to the Syria conflict should have humanitarian, security and political aspects.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized that the Syria conflict has no military solution and should be settled through peaceful means, he added.

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