Man of the People: Assad Refused Safe Asylum Offer From Iran

© AFP 2022 / HO/SANASyrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo - Sputnik International
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Tehran offered Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family an asylum in Iran from where he could safely command his army, but the leader refused to leave the war-torn country, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said Saturday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the official, quoted by Lebanon's Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the offer was extended by Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing. Assad reportedly motivated his refusal to flee the state saying that his family is no different from “any Syrian family and they will remain in Damascus.”

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to Assad fighting several opposition factions and extremist groups. Unlike the West, supporting the so-called Syrian moderate opposition, Tehran and Moscow maintain that the Syrian president is the legitimate authority in the country.

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