Iran condemns Damascus bombing, says talks needed
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Iran condemned the suicide bombing in Damascus on Wednesday that killed the Syrian defence minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, and said foreign backing for "terrorist acts" would not succeed in destabilising Syria.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly condemned violence and resorting to destructive measures, and believes that the only way of resolving the current crisis in Syria is through talks... " a foreign ministry statement published by Mehr news agency said.
"Sending weapons and ammunition into the country and support from some regional and international players through terrorist actions that target the robust stability and security of Syrian nation will not lead anywhere," it added.
Earlier this week, Iranian officials said Tehran was ready to host talks between the two sides but some Syrian opposition figures swiftly refused the offer.