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Iran: Doubled Efforts to Free Militant-Ruled Regions Only Solution to Syrian Crisis

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Tehran emphasized the need for increased efforts to take back militants-held territories in Syria.
“The ISIL is a global threat and its financial, arms and intelligence supporters should account for their acts that amount to complicity in the massacre of innocent human beings,” Shamkhani said on Wednesday.
“The solution to (crisis in) Syria is comprised of doubled efforts to free the regions occupied by the terrorists to return security and tranquility to citizens and pursue the path of Syrian-Syrian talks to reach a national consensus,” he added.

Shamkhani stressed that any foreign military interference in the Syrian crisis is unacceptable since it will weaken the legitimate ruling system, will prolong the crisis and will spread terrorism and insecurity.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 230,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.

Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.

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