Transcript of press stakeout by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura
Following his meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs in Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
12 April 2016
Thank you. Well I came to Teheran to meet Deputy (Foreign) Minister Amir-Abdollahian because this is part of the preparation for the Geneva resumption of its talks, which are expected to take place already on the 13th afternoon.
Can I just interrupt by saying this is not a press conference, this is an opportunity of explaining what we are doing, so let me elaborate on that, but this is not a press conference.
What we discussed was how the future Intra-Syrian talks, because they are among Syrians, can be effective. We agreed that what is very important is that cessation of hostilities continues, that humanitarian aid reaches every Syrian, in particular of course those besieged areas, but every Syrian, and three that a political process leading to a political transition is now crucially urgent. And I think it is very important for me to consult Iranian authorities because they do have an influence and they have been giving me in particular very much advice which I have been using and which I will continue to use in future talks.