TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official said everyone should help Syria fight terrorism and extremism, Press TV reported on Wednesday.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urged all the involved parties in the Syrian conflict to reach an agreement within the framework of a comprehensive national dialogue.
None of the influential parties or the Syrian government should be excluded from the process, he said, adding that Iran supports UN's efforts to end the violence in the Arab state.
Iran has been calling for a political solution and a halt to the flow of weapons and terrorists into Syria since the beginning of the crisis in the Arab country, he was quoted as saying.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry official drew on the output of the meeting between the representatives of Syria opposition coalition and foreign ministers of the Friends of Syria group in London on Tuesday, saying that it is encouraging to see that the meeting has put more emphasis on the importance of a political initiative to end the conflict in Syria.
On Tuesday, foreign ministers of the Friends of Syria group, including the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, met with the representatives of Syria opposition coalition with the aim of persuading the Syrian opposition to participate in a peace conference which might be held in Geneva next month.
In the meantime, Hossein Sheikholeslam, the advisor to Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani on international affairs, said Wednesday Iran and Turkey must be involved in the search for a settlement of the ongoing crisis in Syria, according to Press TV.
Sheikholeslam said no nation in the world shares the same level of affinities with Iranians as Turks, adding that Tehran and Ankara share common views on regional issues, except for the Syrian conflict.
Praising the relations between Iran and Turkey as "excellent," he maintained that the two countries should also join hands to help Syrian and Iraqi nations.
Commenting on the potential Geneva II conference on Syria issue, Sheikholeslam said countries invited to the conference must agree with a truce and immediate negotiations between different sides in order to pave the way for next year's national elections in Syria.
"We seek the resolution of the Syrian issue within the region, since outsiders are pursuing their own interests," Sheikholeslam was quoted as saying.