Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri says Tehran seeks a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis plaguing Syria.“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes the problems and issues of Syria can be settled with the cooperation and assistance of the Syrian people, government and[that part of] the opposition that is interested in[the establishment of] stability and peace in this country, ” Jazayeri said on Sunday.
Commenting on a recent deal between Russia and the US over Syria ' s chemical weapons, the Iranian commander said, “When the Americans realized that they may suffer great damages in a potential war against Syria, they were left in a serious quandary and this led to a change in their approach from a military option to diplomatic negotiations. ”Jazayeri also highlighted Iran and the resistance movement’s important and effective role in helping to resolve the Syrian issue and said Tehran has from the start wanted to resolve the problems in Syria peacefully. The war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the allegation, saying the militants carried out the attack to draw in military intervention. On September 9, Syria welcomed a proposal made by Russia to put its chemical weapons under international supervision. The Russian plan was aimed at averting a US military strike. After three days of talks in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced an agreement on Saturday that would eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014.