Rouhani says beating Syria militants is priority, not government reform

September 27, 2015 11:11 PM

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Rouhani says beating Syria militants is priority, not government reform

NEW YORK Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday fighting radical militants like Islamic State in Syria is the top priority and if they are to be defeated then President Bashar al-Assad's government "can't be weakened."

"This does not mean that the Syrian government does not need reform ... Of course it does," Rouhani told an audience of U.S. think-tanks and journalists, but he added that the removal of his ally Assad would turn Syria into an extremist safe haven.

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