Iran says up to Assad to decide on Syria election run

An image obtained from the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency shows Bashar al-Assad speaking to reporters following a meeting with a delegation of French lawmakers in Damascus, on November 14, 2015A top Iranian official said Sunday several countries involved in Syria peace talks had tried to exclude President Bashar al-Assad from future elections but Tehran insisted the demand be withdrawn. The remarks came after officials said agreement was reached on a roadmap to a more inclusive government in Damascus in the next six months aimed at ending Syria’s conflict, with polls to follow one year later. The peace talks involving 20 countries and organisations meeting in Vienna however remained deeply divided on the future of Assad, whose main regional ally has been Iran.

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