German Chancellor Angela Merkel has controversially suggested that the West should negotiate with Syria’s despotic leader Bashar al Assad.
The Russian leader has repeatedly pointed out that the Syrian destiny can not be decided by third countries, Peskov recalled.
The West should work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the fight to defeat Isis, Austria’s foreign minister has suggested.
“We need to talk to many participants, including Assad”, Merkel said in comments made after an emergency European Union summit on the current migrant crisis in Europe. “That includes Assad”, she said Wednesday.
Western countries, which all along the way have been insisting on Assad’s departure, seem to be modifying their positions vis-à-vis the crisis in Syria.
The campaign, dubbed “Sorry Syria“, began after images of Alan Kurdi, a Syrian child refugee who drowned and as his family attempted to cross from Turkey to Greece, focused the world’s attention on the 12 million Syrians who have been displaced from their homes by the Syrian civil war.
A U.S.-led multi-national alliance including Arab states has been carrying out air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.
Criticism of Tehran’s support for Assad has been rare in Iran, and Iranian rights activists have also been largely silent about Iran’s role in Syria, where the violence has killed more than 200,000 people.
Which is true primarily because the Western nations that have been backing those rebels keep telling them not to participate. That is not what Merkel said and I don’t think it is what she intends to do.
“We believe it is our main responsibility to denounce the destructive intervention of the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly, the Qods force, in the Syrian crisis”, the activists said in a statement sent to RFE/RL, referring to the Quds Force, an elite wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, and John Kerry, the USA secretary of state, have suggested that Mr Assad must step down but that there could be a transitional period during which he remains in power.
Germany’s view on Assad may be coloured by the fact the European superpower is struggling to take in the tens of thousands of refugees it initially promised it would.
If what is proposed now had been implemented years ago we could have been more sure the people we admit are certainly refugees and governments would have worked together rather than play the game of being more virtuous than others.
Woolfe called for Assad to remain as leader, but with strict United Nations imposed rules guaranteeing regular democratic elections.
In late August, during his visit to Iran, he admitted that an effective resolution of the Syrian conflict would need to involve negotiations with Assad, as well as the participation of “the two most important and influential players in Syria – Iran and Russian Federation”.