Rouhani: Iran Will Accept Any Elected Syria Ruler

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Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani says his country will accept anyone as ruler of Syria who is elected by the Syrian people, the official news agency reported Monday.

His remarks carried by IRNA do not signal any change of policy on Syria but mark a shift of emphasis from comments by other Iranian leaders, which have often emphasized Iran’s support for its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, and blamed the West and Israel for the rebellion against him.

“Whoever Syrian citizens vote for to rule their country, we’ll agree with it,” Rouhani was quoted as telling commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Syria plans a presidential election in 2014, but few in the opposition take the vote seriously or believe it can be held amid the country’s civil war.

Opposition groups say they oppose all negotiation with Assad’s government unless it is aimed at his giving up power.

Rouhani was elected in June promising a more diplomatic approach to the West in negotiations over its nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies say is aimed at weapons development. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes.

The new president has stated however that Iran will not give up its right to disputed nuclear activities, nor has he suggested any major rethinking of Iran’s alliance with Damascus. Key nuclear and security matters are under the control of the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and institutions that answer directly to him, including the Revolutionary Guard.

Syria’s opposition says the Guard is directly involved in the war on Assad’s side. Iran denies this.

“The Guards do not seek military domination on the region,” Rouhani said. “It is mistake by the West that thinks Iran is after military domination on the region.”

He called the U.S. military, which has bases in the Persian Gulf, to leave the region. “You, the unsolicited guest in our region, leave the region and then you will see that it will convert to heaven.”

In the same meeting, Guard commandxer Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said, “So far, the enemies plot for military intervention in Syria has been failed. We are hopeful this will continue until the end.”

ABC

  • IraniAngel

    listen you monkey, why is syria so important to you????? why is it that syria and lebanon are both more important to u than iran and iranians???? go to fucking syria or fucking lebanon if you care that much about them and leave us alone you piece of shit!!!!

    • F0sS2U

      And do You eat with that mouth? Is that a language that an Irani Angel has…?
      Lebanon and Syria are not Fucking, The way I see it, is You who are Fucked off Your head since You are not in an Irani forum, Why You are not there with Your people?

      • cook

        Its true what he says, no more wars for Lebanon

      • Hannibal

        It is OK… The cookie down there is a sahyouni and the Irani up there is a 3arabi… HE HE

  • IraniAngel

    listen you monkey, why is syria so important to you????? why is it that syria and lebanon are both more important to u than iran and iranians???? go to fucking syria or fucking lebanon if you care that much about them and leave us alone you piece of shit!!!!

    • F0sS2U

      And do You eat with that mouth? Is that a language that an Irani Angel has…?
      Lebanon and Syria are not Fucking, The way I see it, is You who are Fucked off Your head since You are not in an Irani forum, Why You are not there with Your people?

      • cook2half

        Its true what he says, no more wars for Lebanon

      • Hannibal

        It is OK… The cookie down there is a sahyouni and the Irani up there is a 3arabi… HE HE

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘We’ may accept, Rouhani … but what about El Supremo??

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘We’ may accept, Rouhani … but what about El Supremo??