Iran Says Determined to Aid Russia in Ending Syria Crisis

In a joint news conference with Russian counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbat Salehi says nuclear negotiations are 'on the right track'.

Iran said it was determined to support Moscow's attempts to end the crisis in Syria, which include plans to host talks on the conflict, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Tehran on Wednesday.

"The Syrian conference in Russia will hopefully be an opportunity to support the plans of (UN-Arab League envoy) Kofi Annan and we are determined to aid Russia in this regard," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said in a press conference with his Russian counterpart.

"We are indeed hopeful that, after this conference, we will witness an end to the killings and a peaceful exit from the crisis in Syria," Salehi said.

The Iranian chief diplomat said the Syrian crisis should be settled internally between the Syrian government and opposition, without any foreign interference.

"The Syrian government should get the chance to fully implement the reforms and demands by its people, but these chances are being denied by constant foreign interferences," Salehi said.

"Iran sincerely wants an end to killings in Syria but some foreign countries just do not let this happen and instead provide the Syrian opposition with weapons and even dispatch forces into Syria," he added.

Alongside the Syrian conflict, Lavrov was to discuss next week's nuclear negotiations in Moscow between Iran and six world powers.

Lavrov is to meet later Wednesday with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili.

Salehi said he was optimistic that the June 18 round of nuclear negotiations with the world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - would be positive and constructive.

"We have had our ups and downs in the nuclear negotiations but we are now on the right track and just have to be patient and tolerant," Salehi said, without going into detail.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi in New Delhi, India, May 31, 2012.