SNC rejects offer for Iran-mediated talks with Syrian government

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Published Saturday, September 21, 2013

Syria's opposition National Coalition on Saturday rejected an Iranian offer to broker talks with the government, saying the bid was "not serious" and calling Tehran "part of the problem."

"The Iranian initiative is not serious and lacks political credibility," the key opposition grouping said in a statement.

The comments came after Iranian President Hassan Rohani said Thursday that his government was willing to "facilitate dialogue" between the Syrian government and opposition fighters.

"We must join hands to constructively work toward national dialogue, whether in Syria or Bahrain. We must create an atmosphere where peoples of the region can decide their own fates," Rohani wrote in a column in The Washington Post.

But the Syrian opposition said it was skeptical that Iran, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, could broker talks, calling Tehran "part of the problem."

"It would be more useful if the Iranian leadership withdrew its military experts and fighters from Syrian territory," the Coalition said.

The Syrian opposition has long alleged that Iran has sent military personnel to help Assad's forces in their fight against the rebels.

Rohani, a moderate on Iran's political scene, has made several diplomatic overtures since his election in June, and there has been speculation that he could meet US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Who can blame Syria. Rouhani is no moderate.The supreme leader, who usually works behind the scenes, has had to become more public in an attempt to appear partially conciliatory. If he were a moderate he would begin by halting Iran's nuclear program,stop meddling in the affairs of Syria, Iraq and the entire Middle East, providing freedom of speech and assembly in Iran Releasing all political prisoners Stop public hangings. By the way, this so called election was a sham. 686 candidates registered, eight were approved, and everywoman disqualified.If you want to see how Mr. Moderation, President Rouhani, is really a loyal hardliner, just check out www.hassan-rouhani.info. Iran will never change unless the regime does

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