Under the motto “No to violence, yes to democracy,” an estimated 200 Syrian and regional politicians gathered in Tehran on Sunday to discuss a possible end to the violence that has engulfed Syria since March 2011.
“We believe reforms in Syria should lead to a free, fair and transparent election with the cooperation of all political parties,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in opening remarks at the one-day Syria National Dialogue conference.
The Tehran conference, considered by some as a response to the Doha gathering, comprised a range of representatives of Syria’s ethnic and religious spectrum, but none identified themselves as specifically in opposition to the current Syrian regime. Among them were Assad loyalists, Syria’s National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar and Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil.
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Should this conference been taken serious? Or is it just a stage for Assad loyalists? I believe that Iran does hold some sway in the whole Syria conflict, I however believe that this conference is not a serious conference i simply think it was a way for Assad loyalists have their voices heard in the international spotlight and their positions on the Syrian conflict. I also believe that both Assad and Iran want a peaceful end to this conflict but that is far from sight right now..