JAKARTA, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government considers that Iran should be included in effort to look for solution to peacefully end bloody conflict in Syria, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Friday.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the State Palace on Friday, agreeing to put peaceful dialogue on top priority in the settlement of the conflict in the Middle East country that has claimed over hundreds thousands of lives.
"Indonesia holds the view that Iran needs to be included in the settlement of conflict in Syria as both countries have similar views that the dispute could be terminated through a diplomatic channel, but not violence," Marty said after the meeting.
Minister Zarif conveyed his appreciation on Indonesia's continuing efforts to push for the establishment of peace in Syria.
"We fully respect the Indonesian government and the Indonesian people, mainly because Indonesia is the world's populous Muslim country," he said during the meeting.
According to a UN report, the deadly conflict in Syria has caused a death toll of more than 100,000 since it erupted in March 2011. About 8 million others have been forced to flee home to escape the danger in the war-torn country, with 2 million of them seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
President Yudhoyono said that the meeting of Marty and his Iranian counterpart on Thursday boosted bilateral ties of the countries.
"I believe the outputs of the meeting could strengthen the bilateral ties," said Yudhoyono during the meeting.
Indonesia and Iran have similar views that extremism must be stamped out as both nation uphold moderate Islamic stance, said Marty.
"Iran and Indonesia have scrambled to fight extremism, promoted moderate stances, particularly among democracy, Islam and modernization," he said.