‘With breath-taking arrogance, the USA is opposing the presence of Iran at the discussions about Syria in Geneva.
Turkey – now openly playing the sectarian card and deliberately causing a Phantom jet to fly in fast and low in order to provoke a reaction and so involve NATO – can be present. The USA – supplying arms to al-Qa’ida; organizing Salafists, Wahhabists and death squads; broadcasting lying propaganda – can be present. Russia and China can be present. But not Iran. Yet Iran has political, religious and cultural links with the Alawite (Shia sect) government of Syria.
Iran is the one country – not the USA, not Russia, not China, not Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar – which can have frank talks with Syria. Iran is the one country which Syria can trust as understanding its situation. And Iran is the only country which can give hope of avoiding a civil war bloodbath, at the very least, or a probable decade-long regional war.’