|Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili (R) meets with the UN-Arab League (AL) joint special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (1st L) in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 15, 2012. The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, and the UN-Arab League (AL) joint special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi warned here on Monday against the eruption of regional crisis if Syrian issue is not contained. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) - The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, and the UN-Arab League ( AL) joint special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi warned here on Monday against the eruption of regional crisis if Syrian issue is not contained.
According to a news release from Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Jalili said in a meeting with Brahimi that considering the interests of the Syrian people is "the key to the success of any proposal" to resolve the issue of the Arab state.
"The only solution to the Syrian issue is democracy and respect to the people's demands and to hold elections based on required standards," Jalili was quoted as saying.
Insisting on the political mechanisms rather than violence and military procedures, he said that "Nobody should be allowed to make decisions for the Syrian people."
"It seems that some parties are against holding elections and establishment of democracy in Syria since they intend to impose their own will, in the name of the Syrians' interests, on the country," the Iranian official maintained.
"Unconditional talks between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition would be an effective step in restoration of tranquillity and prevention of the violence," he said, emphasizing that "Primarily, the flow of arms to Syria and terrorist acts should be stopped so that the violence in the cities could be avoided."
Brahimi, for his part, emphasized the political solutions and avoidance of violence in Syrian conflicts, according to the news.
"If the political situation in Syria cannot be dealt with, there is a possibility of crisis and its expansion to the whole Middle East region," he was quoted as saying.
Brahimi, who arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Sunday, held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi on the day and is expected to meet other Iranian high-ranking officials on Syria.
He has visited Saudi Arabia and Turkey recently and is expected to talk with Iraqi officials on Syria in Baghdad.
Last month, Salehi expressed Tehran's readiness to assist Brahimi in his mission to restore peace in Syria.