And he scorned Iran’s involvement in Russia’s putative alliance, describing Tehran as an “occupying power” in Syria and accusing it of fomenting terrorism and extremism across the region. “The only way to solve this problem at a fundamental level,” he said, “is to restore their statehood where it has been destroyed, to strengthen the government institutions where they still exist or are being re-established and provide comprehensive assistance to the legitimate government of Syria“.
Jubeir would not be drawn on specifics of what the military option would look like, but noted that Saudi Arabia is already supporting “moderate rebels” in their battle against Assad.
A report by the Associated Press on the press conference that was held on September 25 in New York said: “Rouhani defended the government of President Bashar Assad from charges of brutality in dealing with its opponents”.
Considering all the aforementioned foreign policies of the Islamic Republic, an appropriate speech from President Obama would have minimally criticized Iran for its support of Bashar al Assad – who has not hesitated to conduct massacres or use chemical weapons against his own people.
After Russia’s intervention, which fighting groups have said will only prolong the war, the Syrian National Coalition reiterated its position that Assad must be excluded from any political process.
“But for them to go out and insert forces into Syria…is a big step, and is an indication that their objective may be to prop up the Assad regime more than it is to fight Daesh“. “In all of our discussions, first and foremost with the United States, but also with Russian Federation and the rest of the world powers, we must make sure that the Iranian forces will stay in Iran“.
Recent events may also cast cloud over attempts to broker a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, the FT said.
“We should finally acknowledge that no one but [Mr.al-Assad’s] armed forces and the Kurdish militias are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria”, Mr. Putin declared.
Likewise, Mr. Putin’s speech was largely devoted to denouncing democracy and anti-dictatorship movements in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere as concoctions of dark Western forces manipulated by the United States. Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq are no longer functioning states and are in the hands of shadowy militant forces. Without the role of Iran in Syria, the conflict would have ended at a much earlier time, since Assad would not have had the military and financial support of Iran.