Iran wants to play a role in resolving the 17-month old Syrian crisis by hosting a summit of regional and other likeminded countries on the issue. Doesn’t it sound a little ridiculous? Yes, it does. Iran has been playing a role in exacerbating violence against civilians and pro-democracy people by supporting the brutal Syrian regime. Islamic Republic has always supported President Bashar al-Assad for his actions against the rebels. Iranian officials have even said that the United States and West have been plotting against the Arab countries to occupy natural resources of these countries.
What are the plans of Syrian officials to end violence in Syria? Can just holding a meeting of likeminded countries guarantee peace in the violence-wracked country? The propose summit is going to be held in Iran on Thursday while names of the countries likely to participate in the crucial meeting are yet to be disclosed. Quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the official news agency IRNA said that only the countries having “realistic stances” on the issue would be invited to the summit. So, China and Russia are the most likely participants of the summit.
It requires no genius to predict outcome of the summit. The participants would announce at the end of the summit that no foreign intervention would be allowed in Syria. And the opposition should hold talks with the regime to end violence in the country. It is pertinent to mention here that Iran’s offer to play a role in holding negotiations between the rebels and Assad regime has already been rejected by the opposition forces. Russia and China have been playing just to save their vested interests in the country and want continuation of Assad regime. Both the countries have limited options of the international community to be applied in Syria to end violence by vetoing two resolutions in the United Nations Security Council.
The international community rightly believes that Russia, China and Iran have been abetting President Bashar al-Assad in crushing the rebels. Security forces loyal to the regime have also been busy in killing and torturing the pro-democracy people for raising their voice against the brutal regime. According to the United Nations more than 15,000 innocent civilians have been killed so far in the volatile country while the violence against pro-democracy people still continues relentlessly. However, Iran wants peace and stability to return in the country through the summit where different options for the purpose would be explored.
If Iran is serious in ending violence in the volatile country, it should invite Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar besides other countries because these three countries are directly involved in Syrian crisis. These countries have also been struggling on different forums to restore peace and calm in Syria through dialogue and negotiations. If these countries are not invited in the summit, it will be of no use.