Decision on Syria’s Fate in Hands of People: Iran’s FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that Syrian people alone have the right to decide the fate of their country and President Bashar al-Assad, rejecting comments about Syria by the outsiders.

“The decision about Syria’s future should be made by the Syrian people. People have the right to express their views, and such decision (Syria’s political fate) must be taken only by the Syrian people,” Zarif told reporters on Saturday evening before leaving Germany for Iran, after attending the Munich Security Conference (MSC).

Asked about the US or Saudi Arabian officials’ views on Syria, Zarif underscored that a political solution to the five-year-old crisis in the Arab country will be possible only with President Bashar al-Assad.

“Neither they (Americans and Saudis) nor we (Iran) can comment on this issue (Syria’s presidency),” he stressed.

While the Syrian President Assad’s government has made great headways in the battle against the terrorist groups, Iran maintains that ending the conflicts will require a political solution excluding the foreign forces.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with Takfiri terrorists from various groups, including Daesh (ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to the United Nations, more than 250,000 people have been killed and one million wounded during the conflict.

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