Iran's Zarif says priority in Syria is cessation of fighting, humanitarian crisis

Iranian FM and other Middle East leaders, including Turkish FM Davutoglu, discuss regional changes at Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland in a discussion under the banner "The End Game for the Middle East."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 24, 2014 17:46
1 minute read.
Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shaking hands with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, January 4, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland continued Friday with Middle East leaders, including Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, discussing developments in the region in a discussion entitled, "The End Game for the Middle East."


A large part of the discussion centered on Syria and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


When the moderator asked Zarif if Iran would continue to take sides in the Syrian civil war, the foreign minister said that the focus should be on first ending the fighting and humanitarian crisis in Syria and only after the political issues should be approached.

When Zarif was asked whether he would call for Hezbollah fighters to leave Syria, Zarif called for all fighters in Syria, which would include the opposition fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, to leave. Shi'ite Iran is an important ally for Assad who belongs to the Alawite Shi'ite sect. 

On the same question, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called only for all foreign forces to leave Syria, in a nod of support to the Syrian opposition fighting Assad.

The panel explored how accelerated diplomacy, historical rivalries and social transformations are rapidly converging to fundamentally reshape the region. 

Zarif sounded an optimistic note about the future of the region. He said that one year ago people would not have believed that the Iranian nuclear deal would be reached. He said that next year we could come here and the Syrian crisis could be over.




 

Related Content

Nadia Murad
August 19, 2018
Yazidi victims of ISIS fear for lives in Germany due to ISIS presence

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN