Member of the Syrian Coalition, Burhan Ghalioun, said that Assad is the main tool of Iran’s sectarian geo-political project in the region.
“Without maintaining the core of this bloody regime, Tehran will not be in a position to pass its decisions or to go through with its regional and geopolitical project in the region,” Ghalioun said.
“This is the model the Iranian regime applied to consolidate its hegemony over post-Saddam Iraq, as it worked hard to prevent the rebuilding of a national state. Instead, it replaced it with a coalition of sectarian militias belonging to it and encouraged the new political elite to monopolize power on a sectarian basis. The Iranian regime has also strongly opposed the Sunni participation in the political decision-making, and is still betting on fueling the sectarian conflicts to maintain its control over Iraq and to expand this control to other countries in the region.
Ghalioun rejects claims that Tehran’s clinging to Assad is aimed at preserving the so-called axis of resistance to Israel. “It is aimed at defending the core of the existing regime which has long monopolized power, excluded the majority of the people, and has confiscated the people’s rights, resources and their interests. (Source: Syrian Coalition)