President of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, said that Iran’s blatant interference in the affairs of the countries of the region, especially Syria and Yemen, is to blame for the dead the region has reached.
During an appearance on Al Arabiya TV that was aired on Thursday, Jumblatt said that the “Syrian people wanted life and freedom. Some powers came and intervened in favor of the regime. First it was the Islamic Republic of Iran then Russia. At the same time, the West abandoned the Syrian people.”
“The Iranian role has led us to this dead end where the confrontation happened or the confrontation today is in full swing between Iran and the US. We did not need Iran to support the Syrian regime at the expense of the Syrian people and to enter Yemen this way. Today Iran is threatening to shell all Gulf cities and does not see Iraq as an Arab country.”
Jumblatt stressed that after the chemical agreement that was reached in Pittsburg between Obama and Putin, the West completely stopped supporting the Syrian people and the semi-secular national powers.
Asked if he thinks Assad can stay in power, Jumblatt replied: “Stay to rule what? Syria’s rubble? People who are displaced in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and across the world? Stay on what? He has stayed as a result of armies present in Syria, the Russian, the Iranian army but then what?
“I tell the Syrian people that one day they will have freedom. Druze there are actually Syrian, they are part of the Syrian people. My relation is with the Syrian people and their uprising, not only with the Syrian Druze. It’s a relation with the Syrian people based on a principle.”
Since 2014, Jumblatt has reiterated that a solution cannot be reached in Syria with Assad in power. In numerous occasions, he said that the Assad regime and ISIS are two sides of the same coin, pointing to the existence of collusion and understandings between the sides. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)