Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition’ ahead of peace talks

Iran signalled on Friday that it favoured a six-month “transition” period in Syria followed by elections to decide the fate of President Bashar Assad, an apparent concession ahead of the first peace conference Tehran was permitted to attend.

Although sources who described the proposal said it amounted to Tehran dropping its insistence on Assad remaining in power, it was not immediately clear whether it would actually include steps that would remove him. Assad’s government held an election as recently as last year, which he easily won. His opponents have always rejected any proposal for a transition unless he is removed from power and barred from standing in any election that followed.



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