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Rohani claims Iranian government supports ‘peace and stability’ in Syria, while Sepah Pasdaran and Hozebollah Lebanon are there fighting

Hassan-RouhaniIranian president Hassan Rohani claimed on Wednesday that his government “is resolved to fight terrorism and has the necessary political will to bring peace and stability to the region.”

“Free elections in Syria would work to eliminate the concerns,” he added. “It is highly important for Iran that peace and stability come in Syria and that Syria is capable of holding the presidential elections.”

The remarks were made during a meeting in Tehran on 19 February 2014 with the president of the Syrian parliament Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham, according to the president’s official website.


As with his previous similar statements, there are two ways of interpreting Rohani’s talk about “peace and stability”. One is that the Iranian government has started to regret its Syria adventure and wants to get out, so it is moving towards a political settlement in Syria and is striking under-the-table deals with the West. The other – and this is way more likely – is that this is just another meaningless smokescreen. For Mr Rohani seems to forget that more than half of the Syrian population have become refugees and are dying of hunger and shelling as he speaks, thanks to the continued campaign of terror unleashed by the regime forces with the support of Sepah Pasdaran, Hezbollah Lebanon and Iraqi militias – all funded, armed, trained and directed by the Iranian regime.

As to the talk about “free elections”, the president seems to forgets that tens of thousands of Syrians are still incarcerated in the regime’s prisons, and that the Syrian authorities have been issuing Syrians in areas under the regime’s control with new ID cards, effectively withdrawing citizenship from those who do not apply for the new cards, so that only regime supporters who have the new IDs can vote in the event of any future ‘free and democratic elections’.

Nothing would “eliminate the concerns”, of both Syrian and Iranian people, more than withdrawing Sepah Qods, Hezbollah Lebanon and the Iraqi militias fighting in Syria alongside the regime forces. That is the only credible expression of a true “political will to bring peace and stability to the region.” It would help defuse “takfiri terrorism”, to use Hasan Nasrallah’s words, and save hundreds of thousands of lives.

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