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Iran proposes Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey send observers to Syria

Last modified: 18 Sep 2012 10:11

Iran is proposing it, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey dispatch observers to its ally Syria in an effort to quell the violence there, state media reported on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi put forward the suggestion at a regional "contact group" meeting held in Cairo on Monday, the official news agency IRNA and broadcaster IRIB said.

He also offered to host the group's next meeting in Tehran, they added.

Salehi told his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts at the Cairo meeting that "observers" from their countries, and from Saudi Arabia, could "monitor the process of stopping the violence in Syria," according to IRNA.

He also called for peace talks "to help the process of fundamental reforms and finding a democratic approach in Syria."

Salehi appealed for "a simultanous halt in clashes and violence by the sides in Syria, insisted on a peaceful solution without foreign intevervention and a halt to financial, military and training support for the Syrian opposition," IRNA reported, without giving a source.

It said Salehi offered for Iran to host the next contact group meeting, but it gave no date.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, was absent from the Cairo meeting on Monday. He was said to be recovering abroad from recent surgery. It was not known if the kingdom was represented at the talks by any other official.

- Agence France Presse