Assad regime hails Iran's ability to 'ease tensions in the region and the world' with nuclear deal

Published April 4th, 2015 - 01:25 GMT
The Assad regime was one of several governments and lawmakers in the Middle East to address Tehran's nuclear framework deal with world powers, which has drawn criticism most prominently from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian hard-liners. (AFP/File)
The Assad regime was one of several governments and lawmakers in the Middle East to address Tehran's nuclear framework deal with world powers, which has drawn criticism most prominently from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian hard-liners. (AFP/File)

The Assad regime sees Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers as a step on Iran's part to ease geopolitical tensions, Syrian state television said Friday.

Reuters reported the Syrian state channel cited a source within the foreign ministry, saying "Syria welcomes the statement issued on the discussions," referring to the nuclear deal's initial framework. 

The source added Syria saw the deal as "another contribution by Iran ... to ease tensions in the region and the world."

Agreed upon this weekend, the framework opens world powers and Tehran up to the possibility of a larger, more concrete agreement in the future, but initial reactions have been critical.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal did not do enough to curb Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons, and said no agreement should be formed without an acknowledgement from Tehran of Israel's right to exist. 

Iranian hard-liners, meanwhile, also criticized the deal for opposite reasons, believing specifications gave too much away and weakened Iran in the face of Western powers.

Now more than four years old, the conflict in Syria has been a point of contention between American and Iranian officials brokering the nuclear deal. Iran has supported Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, with weapons, logisitcs and fighters for years, while US lawmakers have said no future Syria should include the embattled president, whose government has carried out bombing raids on civilian areas across the country and has been accused of using chemical weapons against its own people. 

 

 

 

 


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