Syrian opposition leader claims the regime in the country must be changed
The leader of Syrian opposition coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, has once again reiterated his plan for regime change in Syria, urging President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Iranian Press TV informs about this.
"The regime must take a clear stand (on dialogue) and we say we will extend our hand for the interest of people and to help the regime leave peacefully," he said.
Al-Khatib’s remarks came despite his recent talks with Iranian and Russian officials aimed at ending the ongoing violence in the crisis-stricken country.
On Wednesday, the head of the Syrian opposition had expressed readiness for talks with Syria’s Vice-President Faruq al-Sharaa to discuss the ongoing crisis in the country. "I ask the regime to send Faruq al-Sharaa - if it accepts the idea - and we can sit with him," al-Khatib had said.
However, he had added that there are “basic conditions” before holding talks with the Syrian officials over the crisis in the Arab country.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Aal-Khatib held a 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of the 49th annual Munich Security Conference to discuss a solution to the suffering of the Syrian people on Saturday.
The Syrian National Coalition and other opposition groups have insisted that President Bashar al-Assad step down before any negotiations.
This is while Tehran, Moscow, and Damascus have repeatedly cited diplomacy as the only solution to ending the crisis in the country.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the fighting.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.