Iran Daily: Tehran’s Caution Over US-Russian Deal in Syria


Iran has shown its caution and concern over the first US-Russian “de-escalation” deal in Syria’s 76-month conflict, warning that Washington is not to be trusted.

Both Russia and Iran have propped up Syria’s Assad regime since March 2011 with essential military, economic, and political intervention. However, the Islamic Republic has been absent as Moscow negotiated with the Trump Administration over a proposed de-escalation and ceasefire in southwest Syria, to be implemented from Sunday.

See Syria Daily, July 9: Regime, Opposition Silent on US-Russia Ceasefire Deal

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the special advisor to Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, hosted Syrian Ambassador Adnan Mahmoud on Saturday to warn that the US approach is a “change of tactics and not a change in the objectives of Syria’s enemies”.

Amir-Abdollahian then pointed to a further possible divergence with Moscow, referring to calls for the departure of Bashar al-Assad:

Despite such a demand, the Syrian nation’s choice and determination will be the only path to determining Syria’s final fate and the Islamic Republic of Iran, since the beginning of this crisis, has emphasized on political dialogue and negotiations.

Iran has repeatedly said that no discussion of Assad’s removal can be tolerated, but Russia has not been as strident, at times indicating that the continuation of the Syrian state rather than Assad’s power is the long-term objective.

Tehran has also been reluctant to promote Russia’s plan for four de-escalation zones across Syria, despite formally acceding to the proposal in early May. Iranian officials and the Revolutionary Guards would prefer the complete elimination of the Syrian opposition and rebel factions, rather than their continued hold on areas such as Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

Amir-Abdollahian framed the concerns on Saturday through the declaration of a US-Israeli plot to prolong “regional crises such as the continuation of aggression against Yemen, threatening Syria with a military attack, and the perpetuation of tensions in Riyadh-Doha relations…[to sell] more weapons to the region”.

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  1. From reuters:

    Tillerson said that by and large the objectives of the United States and Russia in Syria “are exactly the same.”

    This is a continuation of America’s objective of implementing the Geneva accords and ensuring the survival of the regime.

    Iran may be out of the picture because so far it has failed to achieve the goal of subduing the rebels and forcing them to the Geneva table. Jordan has been brought in to expand it’s management of things on the ground as the US and Russia combine to bring the Geneva plan to fruition.

    There is nothing new here, except that it’s not so widely reported that Syria dominated the agenda of the US/ Russia talks at the G20, instead the media and others are focusing on the Russian election interference.

    It should be noted that Obama was informed of Russia’s interference when president but chose not to act, this was at the time that the US and Russia started working together in Syria. If the US still requires Russia cooperation in Syria then the election scandal will go nowhere as far as internatinal politics is concerned, I mean the Americans cannot take any serious actions against Russia though they may continue to keep pressure on Trump.

    It also should be noted that, as powerfull as Russia and America are, a handful of Muslims in their current weak state can still force them to ally together because neither of them can overcome any group of Muslims without extensive alliances and support.

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