Iran will submit a resolution to end the Syrian conflict to a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, on Aug. 30-31, the Iranian's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stated Friday. He gave no details on the nature of this proposal, but said it was reasonable and acceptable by all parties and it would be very difficult to oppose it.
At the same time, he confirmed the full support to Bashar al-Assad and his regime, assuring that the conflict can be resolved via dialogue.
He stressed that supporting the Syrian regime was a foundation of the Iranian foreign policy, as Syria is an essential element of resistance against Israel. "We are not ready to abandon this policy," the minister added.
Salehi reiterated that Tehran was ready to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition after the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and the General Assembly of the United Nations in September.
"The Syrian crisis was artificial and could be resolved through discussions between government and opposition," Salehi said.
He added that a significant part of the Syrian opposition was ready to participate in such discussions.
For his part, the head of the intelligence unit of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said during his visit to Syria that Iran has a responsibility to support the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad as it fights an armed uprising and would not allow the line of resistance to be broken, the state news agency IRNA reported.
"The Non-Aligned Movement summit, bringing together 120 developing nations and starting on Sunday in Tehran, offers a good chance to discuss the Syrian crisis," the intelligence unit head said.
Furthermore, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported, that Iran and Russia are promoting a new solution for the crisis. According to this report, Assad agreed to leave the country, but insists not to hand it over to "terrorists."
Earlier this week, Syria’s deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil said that Syria was ready to discuss Assad’s resignation as part of a negotiated settlement to end the 17 months of bloodshed. The Syrian opposition rejected Jamil’s remarks, saying Assad is a “criminal” and that “there is no room to negotiate with a criminal."
In fact, the reader will feel optimistic at the beginning of the report and may say that Iran might be able to persuade Assad to resign, but when we mentioned what the head of intelligence unit of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps statement showing his emphasis on support for the Syrian regime, we feel that Iran will not give any precious proposal, but certainly giving more time for the Syrian regime to shed more blood.
There are facts we must overlook: That the Syrian regime offers support to Iran's ally in the Middle East, which is Hezbollah. For this, it is impossible for Iran to work on eliminating Assad. Syrians will not accept to be ruled again by a president whom his allegiance is to Iran, which did not provide the Syrian people anything worthy except terrorism.
I think that the statement by the Kuwaiti Newspaper exaggerated limit. Russians, like Iranians, will not stop their support to Assad regime except in one case: The new coming regime ensures the interests of Russia and Iran in the Middle East.
Unfortunately the Syrian people will pay more in blood, because the world has not yet been convinced that the regime of Assad is a dictatorial, bloody regime.