TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday urged the international community to help to settle the Syrian issue via political means.
"All countries are duty-bound to prepare the ground so that the Syrian people could express their views in fair elections," Mehmanparast was quoted by Press TV as saying.
He said the Syrian unrest must be settled through a political solution and no country should be allowed to make decisions for the Syrians, according to the report.
The Iranian spokesman also demanded an end to the clashes in Syria, saying that the prolonged violence will inflict further losses on the people in the Arab country.
"We believe that clashes must end because an increase in conflicts and violence endangers people's lives and inflicts further losses on the Syrians or the nationals of other countries in Syria," said Mehmanparast.
He rejected any foreign military intervention in Syria and said the ground must be prepared for a "national dialogue."
Local media announced here Monday that Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi is scheduled to arrive in Iran's capital Tehran on Tuesday for talks with Iranian top officials about the establishment of peace in Syria, enhancement of economic and agricultural cooperation between Tehran and Damascus, as well as the latest regional developments.