NAM: IRAN'S PROPOSAL ON SYRIA TO BE DISCUSSED AT NAM MEETING
Last Updated: 2012-08-26
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TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Saturday that Iran will present a " comprehensive" proposal to solve Syrian crisis and it will be discussed on the sidelines of the 16th Non-aligned Movement (NAM) meeting to be opened in Tehran on Aug. 26.

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that the Islamic republic would present an "acceptable and rational" proposal on Syria crisis at the upcoming NAM summit.

"We believe that the proposal is acceptable, rational and principled and will include all parties involved in Syrian issues, " Salehi said, adding that "it will be very difficult to oppose it. "

The 16th NAM summit will be held in Tehran from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31, while heads of state and government would meet on Aug. 30-31.

Head of Iranian Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, set foot in the Syrian capital Saturday in a two-day visit, during which he will meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other members of the Syrian government.

Boroujerdi told reporters that Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halki will take part in the upcoming NAM summit in Tehran.

Boroujerdi expressed optimism and said that "soon we will see a solution to the current problems."

"Our message to the brothers in Syria is a message of love and we hope to see stability and security in Syria," he said.

Iran will continue its support of the Syrian government and nation and will expand its ties with the Arab country in diverse areas including the parliamentary relations, the official IRNA news agency quoted Boroujerdi as saying in Damascus.

Meanwhile, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday that regional issues and developments will be on the agenda of the NAM meeting.

Also, issues concerning Palestinians, Iraq, Afghanistan, Latin America and Africa will be included in the discussions of the NAM participants, said the Iranian spokesman.

In the NAM meeting, 27 presidents, two kings, seven prime ministers, nine vice-presidents, two parliament speakers and five special envoys will take part, Mehmanparast told semi-official Fars news agency on Saturday.

Iraqi ambassador to Tehran Mohammed Majeed al-Sheikh said Saturday that the forthcoming NAM summit in Tehran will be a " golden opportunity" to resolve regional and international issues, according to Press TV.

"The Tehran summit can be a center for dialogue among countries to settle the issues in the region by regional nations and governments," al-Sheikh was quoted as saying.

The region is currently facing many developments, said the Iraqi ambassador, stressing the meeting should focus on ways to restore rights of the oppressed Palestinians.

A member of Iranian Majlis said Saturday that the NAM member states play effective role in the world developments and the nations expect the movement to seriously discuss international developments, IRNA reported.

Zargham Sadeqi told IRNA that the NAM member states can play active role in making decisions on major international developments.

On Saturday, an Iranian military commander said that Iran's chairmanship of the NAM for the next three years is an indicative of the failure of the U.S. unilateral policies, Press TV reported.

Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Forces Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naqdi told reporters here that Iran's chairmanship of the movement has challenged the U.S. power.

Naqdi added that "Washington would better give up its irrational stances toward Iran and stop its acts of sabotage." -- NNN-XINHUA