Iran says Assad has ‘pivotal’ role in any Syria solution

President Bashar Assad has a “pivotal” role to play in the war on terrorism and in any political settlement to Syria’s devastating civil war, a senior Iranian official said Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said after meeting with Assad that any “successful” attempt to find a solution should take into consideration the right of the Syrian people to shape their future. Iran is a key backer of Assad and has said it is working on a four-point initiative to end the Syrian civil war. Abdollahian said Iran “highly appreciates the pivotal and central role of Syrian President Bashar Assad in preserving the national unity of Syria and in combating terrorism.”



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