Iran’s importance for resolving syrian crisis finally dawns on Washington
On Tuesday, the US State Department confirmed that Iran had been asked to join discussions on a Syrian political settlement in Vienna on Friday, despite Tehran being considered a major backer of the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.
This will be the first time that Iran will sit down at the negotiating table with the United States to work out a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.
"The United States is growing more aware of the influence Iran wields in the region," geopolitical analyst and StopImperialism.org editor Eric Draitser told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Washington has shifted its position because they realize Iran is a central actor in both Iraq and Syria, which has imported militias to fight alongside Syrian government and Hezbollah forces, Draitser explained.
Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald, authors of highly-acclaimed books on US foreign policy, told Sputnik that the United States inviting Iran to Syrian political talks may mean that "dawn has finally broken over the US Capitol."
"Washington has reached the moment when it has no alternative but to compromise and change course [in Syria]," Gould and Fitzgerald claimed. "Reality is a hard thing to ignore, even for the US Secretary of State."
Nine nations are set to join Friday's talks on Syria in Vienna, including the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon and France.