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Iranian President Rouhani takes a moderate line on Syria, nuclear talks

RouhaniRouhani outflanks hardliners on Syria, nuclear talks SMH, September 6, 2013  Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appears to be outmanoeuvring hard-liners with his move to take control of stalled nuclear negotiations and in curbing bombastic declarations to defend ally Syria from threatened US airstrikes.

In sharp contrast with the bellicose posturing of his predecessor, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr Rouhani has kept expectations low that Iran will provide military aid to Syrian President Bashar Assad if Western forces attack his government.

Another former president and influential backer of Mr Rouhani, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, last week was reported to have publicly blamed Dr Assad’s forces for an alleged chemical weapons attack August 21 on the suburbs of Damascus that reportedly killed hundreds of civilians……….http://www.smh.com.au/world/rouhani-outflanks-hardliners-on-syria-nuclear-talks-20130906-2t9oa.html#ixzz2eGAIakBW

September 7, 2013 - Posted by | Iran, politics international

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