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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Syria: Iran tries to hijack international diplomacy to defend Assad

Iran will today try to hijack international diplomacy as peace broker in Syria by stepping into the vacuum created by the resignation of Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab envoy, last week.

Tehran will today host a summit of Iran-friendly foreign ministers in an attempt to wrest the international focus away from calls for Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Iran accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar of arming the opposition in Syria, in collusion with the United States and Israel, to overthrow Assad.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President has billed the meeting of a dozen unnamed countries as an opportunity “to replace military clashes with political, indigenous approaches to settle the disputes”.

Those attending would be countries with “a correct and realistic position” on the Syrian conflict, a senior Iranian diplomat said, indicating that no pro-opposition nation would be present. Read More