Iran blasts Kerry remarks on Syria
Tehran, Iran, November 14
By Temkin Jafarov, Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Iranian MP and Leader of the right-wing Principlist Parliamentary Group, Qolamali Haddad-Adel, has condemned recent remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry about the future of Syria.
"I think Iran's is the only voice that addresses the public conscience of the world and tells them to ask who the US foreign secretary is to decide about a president of a country on the other end of the world," Haddad-Adel told Trend November 14.
Haddad-Adel's remarks followed Kerry's speech at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington November 12, where he ruled out Syrian President Bashar Assad as playing any part to a solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis.
"Asking the opposition to trust Assad or accept Assad's leadership is simply not a reasonable request; it's literally a non-starter," Kerry had said. He repeated the longstanding United States position that Assad and the Islamic state militant group (IS, aka ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) have a "symbiotic relationship" and that Syria needs a future that includes neither.
This comes as some 20 countries prepare to convene in Vienna for talks on Syria later in the day. Iran's Foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will represent the Islamic Republic at the peace talks.
It is very flagrant that they say any person cannot be part of the elections, Haddad-Adel stressed.
Iran has been calling for fair elections in Syria so the Syrian people might decide their own future. Tehran maintains that Assad should one party participating in the elections, something strongly opposed by the US, as well as Iran's regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Turkey, among others.