Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. File photo
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DAMASCUS – Iran is ready to discuss a “plan of action” for Syria’s post-war future after the Islamic State (ISIS) group is defeated, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday.
Iran, a strong regional ally to the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been for long kept out of U.N. diplomatic efforts to reach a political solution in Syria.
“That is not a problem for us from right now, to start holding discussions and dialogues so as to determine and reach the conclusion of the next plan of action after the terrorists are driven out that territory,” Rowhani said in an interview to NPR radio.
“But we must all act in unison and have a formula that is required to drive out the terrorists, immediately,” he added.
The Iranian President is expected to address the crisis in Syria in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, after President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin take the podium.
Rowhani said his country was ready to discuss “the upcoming options”.
“The Syrian government should be included to reach a plan of action,” he said.
Rowhani added that the Syrian people must “have the last word and most important word” on the future of the county, in reference to elections that could cap an interim transition.
Iran has been providing the Assad regime with military support for over more than four years of war in Syria.
By: Laila Majdalawi