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 Calming war in Syria key to solving Europe's refugee crisis, - Steinmeier

Iran was the key to stabilising conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Channel NewAsia.

According to him, Germany wants to work with Iran to help calm regional conflicts now that the Islamic Republic is emerging from international isolation and also prevent tension escalating with regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Iran was the key to stabilising the Middle East, referring to conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said.

"We need Iran to calm the conflicts and re-establish stability in this crisis-hit region. And I hope Iran is ready for this," Steinmeier told foreign journalists.

Read more: Iran boosts oil production amidst nuclear sanctions lifting, - Associated Press

Steinmeier said calming the war in Syria was central to solving Europe's refugee crisis, which has prompted deep divisions within the EU on how to share the burden of accommodating the influx.

Gulf Arab neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, accuse Iran of backing rebels in Yemen and pro-government militias in Syria. A mostly Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a military offensive against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen in March.

Tensions rose further this month when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric, prompting an angry reaction from Shi-ite Iran.

Steinmeier said these tensions would not disappear soon but it was possible to build trust between the two regional rivals.

"Neighbourly tensions, like those between Saudi Arabia and Iran, will not turn into friendship overnight," he said.

"In a first step, a lot would be achieved if both sides brought the current situation under control, not let it escalate, and talked to each other," he said.

"I am very confident that this new beginning of German-Iranian relations will be filled with substance," Steinmeier told foreign journalists in Berlin.

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