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Syria sees West easing tough stance after Iran deal: Assad aide

Syria sees West easing tough stance after Iran deal: Assad aide

A close adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Iran’s nuclear accord with world powers will force the West to soften its stance against Damascus and deal with its government to find a negotiated solution to Syria’s civil war.

Tehran has given vital financial and military support to Assad in a four-year-old conflict that has become a battleground for Shi’ite Muslim Iran’s regional power struggle with Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, which backs insurgent forces in Syria.

Western powers have supported non-Islamist rebels in Syria and said there was no room for Assad in a future Syria.

“What I see in this (nuclear) agreement is a turnaround by the West, where it has begun to realize that it has to change its ways,” Assad aide Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with the Beirut-based al Mayadeen television.

Source: Syria sees West easing tough stance after Iran deal: Assad aide – Yahoo News