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Tehran, (SANA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham affirmed that Iran’s position affirms that any solution for the crisis in Syria must be based on dialogue among Syrians and guarantee their right to self-determination.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham

In a statement on Monday, Afkham responded to the recent suggestion of US State Secretary John Kerry who proposed that Iran participate unofficially in the international conference on Syria “Geneva 2” by playing a role on a sideline without participating in the ministerial meeting, with Afkham saying that Tehran only agrees to proposals that respect Iran’s dignity.

Geneva 2 conference will not produce good results without Iran’s participation, Iranian official says

Advisor to the Iranian Shura Council Chairman for International Affairs, Hussein al-Shaykh al-Islam, ruled out the possibility of Geneva 2 conference producing any good results without the participation of Iran which is an important regional player.

In a statement to the Iranian News Agency Irna, Shaykh al-Islam said that as a response to the statements of U.S. Secretary of State, Jouhn Kerry, made recently, “Iran is at the core of the solution to the crisis in Syria and not on the sidelines.”

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, had said that Iran could be useful in reaching a solution to the conflict in Syria on the sidelines of Geneva 2, but it would be difficult for Iran to be a ministerial partner.