Iran refused to support al-Assad


Iran decided to develop an unified position with Russia on a political settlement in Syria, which, in particular, can lead to a weakening of their hard opinion on the need to preserve Bashar al-Assad in power. This was told to Reuters by a number of senior Iranian officials on a condition of anonymity.

Russia, that publicly promised to support Assad, previously hinted the Western countries that it would not oppose the withdrawal of the Syrian leader as part of a peace settlement.

Iran’s decision to improve coordination with Russia was made after a meeting between the President Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, said a senior Iranian official familiar with the content of negotiations. Like Russia, Iran in their official rhetoric insists that Assad should leave only if this is a decision of the Syrian people.

“We agreed that Iran and Russia will keep to the same policy that Tehran, Moscow and Damascus would benefit from, – said a senior source in the government of Iran to “Reuters”. – Iran seriously believes that the Syrian people should decide on their fate. But first, peace needs to be made”.

“Perhaps, the Syrian people will decide that Assad must go, then he has to go – the source added. – If he can not serve his country and his people well, then the country should be managed by a successor who can”.

Another Iranian source told Reuters that Iran and Russia are “in complete harmony over the fate of Syria and Assad”.



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