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Publish Date: 20:17 - 23 January 2017
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Countries Hossein Jaberi-Ansari called on all participants of Astana talks on Syria to reject violent acts and help settling Syrian crisis through stabilizing ceasefire and ending conflicts and clashes.
Iran calls on Astana talks participants to reject any violent actsSpeaking in the opening session of Astana talks on Monday, he said a roadmap is needed for ending Syrian crisis by political means.

"Our clear suggestion is that all participants reject violent acts and help the process through stabilizing ceasefire and armistice,” he said.

He also said that Iran welcomes participation of groups absent in Astana talks in the process in case they fulfill to the principle of non-violence.

Ansari, leading the Iranian delegation in Astana conference, said the international community should join efforts to curb illegal weapons transfer, money and fighters to Syria which enable terrorists to crack down on Syrians and start chains of armed attacks in various parts of Syria.

He reiterated that there should be an effective mechanism about the ceasefire and it should be strengthened by the trilateral initiative (Iran, Russia and Turkey) to guarantee an irreversible ceasefire and armistice.

The Iranian official also urged efforts to confront al-Nusra, the ISIL and terrorist groups linked to them.

"Syrian government and opposition can start talks to reach a political solution and hold free, comprehensive and transparent election based on national solidarity and territorial integrity and continue it until obtaining desirable results.”

The two-days Astana talks on Syria started on Monday.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has called on representatives from the Syrian government as well as opposition groups to help reinforce the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey.

The Syrian ceasefire deal between Syrian government and opposition came into force at midnight (2200 GMT) on December 30, 2016, and appears to be holding despite sporadic clashes between government forces and extremists.

De Mistura further argued that the cessation of hostilities had not enabled humanitarian access in Syria as it should have.

The peace negotiations in Astana come ahead of the next round of UN-brokered political negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 8.

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