Iran ready to hold talks on Syria with US, Saudi

2015-09-08 12:17
Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters. (File, AP)

Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters. (File, AP)

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Tehran - Iran's president says his country is ready to hold talks with the US and Saudi Arabia on ways to resolve the Syrian civil war, providing such negotiations can secure peace and democracy in conflict-torn Syria.

Shiite powerhouse Iran is a leading patron of Syrian President Bashar Assad and accuses Sunni rival Saudi Arabia and the US of siding with anti-Assad rebels and militants.

Hassan Rouhani's remarks came during a press conference on Tuesday with visiting Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer.

Rouhani says "Iran will sit at any table with regional countries and world powers if the outcome will be a safer, stable and democratic future for Syria."

He says this is part of his nation's commitment to "international, Islamic and humane" norms.

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