Exclusive: Iran to match stance with Russia in push for Syria deal

December 18, 2015 10:40 PM

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Exclusive: Iran to match stance with Russia in push for Syria deal

UNITED NATIONS Iran has decided to unify its stance with Russia's in the push for a political deal to end Syria's civil war, Iranian officials said, in a sign it could ease its opposition to the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as part of the agreement.

While maintaining its firm backing for Assad in public, Russia has recently made clear to Western nations that it has no objection to him stepping down as part of the peace process, diplomats said.

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