Kofi Annan Visit to Iran Confirmed


Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi confirmed on Wednesday that the special envoy of the UN and the Arab League to Syria, Kofi Annan, will visit Iran next week to discuss the situation in the country. Salehi said at an Iranian cabinet meeting that Annan’s visit, originally set for this week, was postponed due to the busy schedule of the former UN general secretary, but he expressed satisfaction with his interest to travel to Tehran.

The foreign minister emphasized on Wednesday the Islamic Republic’s position in favor of the six-item plan proposed by Annan to stop the armed conflict in the Arab country and find a political solution related to the interests of the Syrian people.

Iran, he noted, is pleased that the plan in question was accepted, but he warned that it is important to be vigilant that other forces do not replace the army of the Syrian government, once the troops withdraw from their positions in the most violent cities.

Besides Syria and Annan’s trip, the foreign minister expressed optimism on the results of the upcoming talks between Iran and the so-called Group 5+1 (the permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany) on nuclear issues. (Taken from PL)

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