Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister said Thursday that Iran will unveil a proposal at next week’s NAM summit in Tehran to resolve the Syrian crisis.

The Mehr News Agency reports that Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said: “During the Non-Aligned Movement summit, the Islamic Republic of Iran will discuss a proposal about Syria with participating countries.”

He added: “We believe that the proposal is acceptable, rational and principled and will include all parties. It will be very difficult to oppose it.”

The NAM summit will take place in Tehran from August 26-31, and the Iranian Foreign Minister expressed hope that following the NAM summit and the meeting of the UN Security Council, Iran could host a meeting between the Syrian government and the opposition.

He added that a significant number of the opposition groups have already stated that they are prepared to attend such a meeting with the Syrian government.

The Syrian unrest, which has been going on since March of 2011, has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, and so far the UN has failed to bring about a ceasefire.

Iran has been a staunch supporter of the Syrian government, while Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have backed the opposition.