Iran says Assad removal ‘red line’

BEIRUT- A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader says the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from power is a “red line” for Tehran. State-run press TV on Sunday quoted Ali Akbar Velayati as saying that “Iran believes that the government of Bashar al-Assad should remain in power until the end of the presidency term.” Velayati, a senior foreign policy adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stressed that only the Syrian people can decide the future of their country and their president.



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