Majority of Syrians Want Reforms Led by President al-Assad, Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Says
Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi said that everyone knows that the majority of the Syrian people want reforms under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.
In a statement following his meeting with Head of Change and Reform block, MP Michel Aoun on Friday, the Iranian ambassador said ”We tend to follow the public demands and those of the Syrian people, and we believe that the Syrian people inside represent Syria…As estimated by all reports, 95 per cent of gunmen in Syria have come from abroad.”
He indicated that upholding human values and respecting peoples’ demands are the principles of interest to Iran, considering that the Iranian initiative for a solution in Syria focused on the importance of dialogue and that elections must be fair.
Roknabadi saw that it is time for dialogue, adding that the Iranian initiative comprises six items based on starting Syrian national dialogue.
He clarified that the second meeting of national dialogue, following the one held in Tehran, will be convened soon in Damascus, and a national reconciliation committee will be formed.
Iranian Foreign Ministry: Western Countries Don’t Want a Solution in Syria
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said that the Western countries don’t want a solution in Syria, as they seek to advance Israel’s interests and protect its security.
Mehmanparast was speaking during a visit he made on Friday to the International Relations Faculty at Kardeniz University in the Turkish city of Trabzon.
The Iranian Mehr News Agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying that Iran’s policies are based on defending the rights and demands of the Syrian people, ending violence and preparing the groundwork for a national dialogue, and restoring stability to the country without foreign interference.