Italy supports Iran’s presence in Geneva talks

Tehran, Dec 23: Italian government has said that it supports Iran’s positive presence in Geneva II conference on Syria.

“We want positive presence of Iran in the international conference of Geneva II on Syria crisis,” Xinhua reported citing Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino here Sunday in a joint press conference with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Javad Zarif.

“Geneva II conference is the will of the United Nations to solve Syria crisis,” she said, adding that “all the countries which have influence to stop tragedy in Syria should attend Geneva II conference”.

“We hope the participants in the upcoming conference will find a solution to the crisis in the country,” she said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said his country is ready to play a constructive role in upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria if it is invited.

Iran, the main regional ally of the Syrian government, has condemned foreign intervention and terrorists’ involvement in the Syrian conflict. It has also urged for a ceasefire in Syria prior to Geneva II conference.

IANS