Iran Foreign Minister Salehi: Syrian Government Ready to Negotiate With the Opposition Coalition

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“The foreign minister of Iran said on Wednesday he thought the Syrian government was ready to negotiate with the opposition and that the two sides would have to sit together for talks, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

“I think that the Syrian government is ready to negotiate with the opposition,” Ali Akbar Salehi told MENA.

Opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib has made a conditional offer to talk to Syria’s rulers about trying to end the conflict.

Shi’ite Iran is President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer in the region, and has been at loggerheads with mostly Sunni-led Arab states that have called for Assad to step down.

He said Iran had welcomed Alkhatib’s remarks. “In the end, the government and the opposition must sit together to negotiate,” he said.

” – (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Kevin Liffey), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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