Bashar Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd R) review the guard of honour in Damascus January 19, 2006. Photo by Reuters
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Iran plans to present a peace plan for Syria at the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement summit which it hosts this week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Sunday.

"The NAM member states are opposed to any foreign interference and terrorism activities in Syria and therefore a new proposal would be presented at the sidelines of the NAM summit and be evaluated by the members," he told reporters.

Mehmanparast gave no details on the Syria proposal but said NAM members "want to hear the standpoints of the Syrian people and see a comprehensive plan to settle the crisis."

"Not foreign states but the people of Syria should decide about their political fate."

The issue of forming a contact group for Syria would also be discussed at the Tehran summit, he said.

Iran has been a fierce supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The NAM gathering opened at expert level Sunday, with heads of state and government from 36 of the groupings member states expected to meet Friday.