Iran supports Assad speech: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran supports Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's political initiative for the resolution of this country's crisis, IRNA reported.
"Assad initiative includes solutions which stress end of violation and foreign interference in the country and describes a comprehensive political process which guarantees the presence of all voices in power based on the country's national charter; this initiative emphasizes drafting a new constitution, a parliamentarian election and the establishment of a new government", Salehi said in a statement released on Sunday.
Al-Assad on Sunday ruled out dialogue with opposition groups he called "puppets" of the West and vowed to continue battling "terrorists" and "gangsters" fighting to overthrow his regime.
In his speech, Assad also outlined a new peace initiative that includes dialogue, a national reconciliation conference and the formation of a wide representative government which would oversee new elections, a new constitution and general amnesty.
Salehi noted that Assad's initiative has been inspired by UN charter and joint pivots of all regional and international solutions, including Iran's six-point plan for the resolution of the Syrian crisis.
Iranian FM asked all Syrian parties, civil society institutions and national opposition as well as all regional and international partners involved in the conflict to use the opportunity for transit from the present situation and preparing the ground for a purely Syrian solution for the crisis.
"All regional and international partners should help the immediate resolution of the crisis and prevent its spread to the region", Salehi said.
Iran's FM lauded what he called Syrian president's "support of the Palestinian ideals" and the country's resistance to Israel.