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Iran backs Assad's stance on Syria

2013-01-07 11:00

Tehran - Iran on Monday threw its weight behind a plan outlined by Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the civil war in his country, reiterating Tehran's solid support for its most important regional ally.

"The Islamic republic... supports President Bashar Assad's initiative for a comprehensive solution to the country's crisis," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement on his ministry website.

"Assad's plan includes solutions which reject violence and terrorism and any foreign interference in the country, and outlines a comprehensive political process" to end the conflict, Salehi said.

Pre-dominantly Shi'ite Iran has given economic aid and military advice to Syria, whose secular ruling regime counts many figures from the minority Alawite branch of Shia Islam. Tehran sees Assad's Syria as a bulwark against Israel.

Assad, in a rare speech on Sunday, offered a proposal to resolve the conflict in Syria that called for an end to violence, dialogue with opposition elements he deemed acceptable, and a vow to stand fast against those he branded "terrorists" and their foreign backers.

The Syrian opposition and the West, though, immediately rejected the initiative as a defiant restating of Assad's intent to cling to power.

The 21-month conflict that wracking Syria has claimed more than 60 000 lives according to the United Nations.

Comments
  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 11:07

    Syrians from both sides of the political divide have to learn from SA that outsiders who have their own geo political interests do not matter when it comes to finding peace and stability for their country. There is a reason that in SA both the NP and the ANC rejected western mediation when it came to finding solutions for our country. Syrians should do the same, if it is peace and saving Syrian lives which they want!

      aj.coetzee.9 - 2013-01-07 11:40

      Sadly , you are right Mcoshi.

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-07 15:59

      Exactly right, unfortunately it's not peace and saving lives that those calling for regime change want, they want regime change at any cost.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 19:22

      . To suggest, that if the Nats, had agreed on talks, but at the same time insisted on staying in power, that any negotiations would have even started , is TOTAL LUNACY. Negotiations in SA were possible, because the Nats, in principal had already agreed to MAJORITY rule!!! YOU ARE A MASTER IN CONFUSING AND TALKING ABSOLUTE CRAP !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 19:44

      Patrick, If you had taken the trouble to learn what's happening, you would have known that is exactly what Bahari has been , and is still suggesting. Syria's opposition, is willing to talk to ANYONE, including members of assad'd terrorists government, with only ONE exception; this assad Monster!!! They tried for FIFTY YEARS to talk to the assads , and now that this thug's back is against the wall, HE wants to, but after THEY muurdered 100000 Syrian , there is NO appetite to sit around a table with a war criminal !!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 20:31

      "To suggest, that if the Nats, had agreed on talks, but at the same time insisted on staying in power, that any negotiations would have even started , is TOTAL LUNACY. " Where has this suggestion been made on the posts above? The Nats didn't need to relinquish power before they entered into negotiations with the ANC. Reading your comments on most topics, I figure you're just an ickle contrarian!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 21:01

      Patrick, For Syrians this has been a FIFTY YEAR nightmare. The Ba'ath party seised power in 1963, which is FIFTY YEARS ago !!! Bitar was its first Syrian president, and with a few more coups Hafiz assad became president in 1970, and than in 2000 GAVE his boy, the country Syria as a present !!! Again, Syrians have been in opposition to these thugs for FIFTY YEARS !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 21:04

      Fidel, ""an icle contrarian"" STOP being soooo pathethically childish, usding words that 98 % of readers have NEVER heard off. If you got such an inferiority complex, rather go and play in the sand pit !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 21:12

      . ""There is a reason that in SA both the NP and the ANC rejected western mediation when it came to finding solutions for our country. Syrians should do the same, if it is peace and saving Syrian lives which they want!"" You clearly imply here, that because South Africans could come to a negotiated settlement, so can the Syrians. AGAIN, South Africans were able to do so, because the Nats had in principal already given uo MINORITY rule. This assad has NO intentions of giving up power, or to negotiate MAJORITY rule> For this reason, NO negotiatioins will take place !!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 21:27

      Yes, Syrians can come to a negotiated solution if they put their country first, surely that is a possibility! How presumptuous of you to know that 98% of posters here haven't heard certain words.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 21:49

      Fidel, NO, WRONG AGAIN !!!! How can one negotiate with a 'leader' who does not put 'his' country first!! Whose response to nine months of UNARMED street protests, has been to KILL more than 50000 of his opposition. Who has unleashed a brutality and a terror on 'his' people, seldom seen in the last 50 years!! Who has bombed 'his' country into rubble!! Independent experts, have said that the by far the majority of damage done to houses, buildings and roads, can ONLY have been caused by bombs dropped by aircraft!! your hero controls the skies above Syria !! This whole 'negotiating story, is a ploy by Russia and China, and off course the lunatics of the violent left, to discredit the OPPOSITION !!! ANYONE else can see right through this assad terrorist!! DICTATORS/TERRORISTS DON'T DO NEGOTIATING!! Simple as that !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 21:52

      Patrick, If you are lonely , go to a dating site, but DON'T tell them your name is Patrick !!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 22:01

      Peace in Syria can only be achieved through negotiations without preconditions. Your rebels have no power to demand anything.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-07 12:14

    wow impressive, one nut case backing another...

      frederick.kaczynski - 2013-01-07 12:41

      go watch some more CNN fool.

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