Iran calls for presidential elections in Syria
A picture of late Syrian president, Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad, seen at an army checkpoint in Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID)
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Iran is backing presidential elections in Syria as part of its six-point peace plan, outlined on Sunday, to put an end to the country's 21-month conflict.
According to state media and Iranian news agencies, the plan calls for efforts to halt the flow of weapons into Syria and ultimately to create a transitional government to lead Syria toward parliamentary and presidential elections.
Iran is also calling for the release of political prisoners and the reconstruction of areas damaged in the fighting.
The reports gave no indication whether Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would remain in power under the Iran-backed plan.
However, Tehran's close ties with Assad have left many skeptical of their 'peace plan' offered by Iran.
Details of the six-point plan came just 24 hours after Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would do all it could to keep Assad in power.
Sunday's proposals were reportedly outlined during the opening of a two-day conference that includes 200 Syrian religious and political figures, alongside envoys from countries including Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon, reported Iranian news agency Fars. Key Syrian rebel leaders were not in attendance.
On Monday, Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, reported that Syria's vice president, Farouq al-Sharaa, said that the situation in Syria is heading from bad to worse and neither Assad's forces nor the rebels are in a position to win the war.
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