President Khoja calls on the Obama administration to separate the Iranian nuclear file from the Syrian crisis, citing France, Germany and Turkey as countries that support the Syrian revolution separately from the Iranian nuclear file, during an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper.
“The Syrian people have reason to suspect that there is a connection between the two files, as the Iranian regime seeks avidly to include the Syrian file, among other files it has in the region, in any possible settlement to the nuclear file,” Khoja said.
President Khoja said that “the international envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura’s meeting with Assad in Damascus ended without clear commitment on the part of the Assad regime to stop the bombardment of Aleppo for six weeks, which provide further evidence on its elusive tactics. During our last meeting with de Mistura we have expressed our fears that Assad might use the “freeze” plan to encircle Aleppo using Iranian militias.”
He pointed out that Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, is moving freely between Iraq and Syria to command the military operations, stressing that Assad has become a pawn serving the interests of the Iranian regime. He also said that the Free Syrian Army captured three Houthi militants who were fighting in Aleppo alongside pro-regime forces. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Al-Hayat)