Friday, October 30, 2015

Iran may back away from demand to keep Assad in power

Iran on Thursday signaled it might be willing to back away from its insistence that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad remain in power, Reuters reported.

The shift in the Islamic Republic’s stance comes on the eve of an international conference aimed at ending Syria's four-year-old civil war, which Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is slated to join.

Iran could accept a six-month transition period at the end of which Assad's fate would be decided in nationwide elections, a senior official from the Middle East familiar with the Iranian position told Reuters on Thursday. (READ MORE)