First priority in Syria is aid: Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference September 22, 2016 in New YorkThe first priority in Syria is for the international community to get humanitarian aid to those in desperate need, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday as a ceasefire unravelled. “We must all focus on getting this aid to those who need it, which has nothing to do with grounding flights,” he told a news conference in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Rouhani made the remarks in response to a question from a journalist about why Iran was backing the Bashar al-Assad government and whether Iran would support calls to ground Russian and Syrian airplanes.

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