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Deputy FM: Iran to Continue Support for Assad as Syria’s Legal President

26 April 2016 12:31



Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that his country will continue support for Bashar al-Assad as the legal president of Syria.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s legal president and views the Syrian people as the main owners of the country who are entitled to decide their future without the terrorists’ pressure and foreign interference,” Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with his Swiss counterpart Yves Rossier in Tehran on Monday.

He also stressed Tehran’s support for the UN-supervised talks on Syria in Geneva, and said the crisis can be settled merely politically.

Voicing regret that the international coalition against the ISIL has failed to take effective steps, Amir Abdollahian warned that exacerbation of terrorist acts in Syria can endanger the process of political talks.

Rossier, for his part, underscored Iran’s important and key role in settling the crisis in Syria, and said, “Political talks are the only solution to the crisis and continued truce and political negotiations in Geneva are necessary.”

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that no foreign state is entitled to decide for Syria’s fate, and said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is Tehran’s redline.

“The US (officials) says that Bashar Assad should leave, but Assad should remain in power as Syria’s legal president until the end of his presidential term and that is our redline,” Velayati said in an interview with the state TV.

He reiterated that Bashar Assad is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s redline since he has been elected by the Syrian people, and the Syrian people should finally decide about their country’s fate.

He underscored that Iran will not leave Assad alone either in the battle ground or in politics, and said that no foreign country can decide about Syria’s fate.

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