US has no right to choose Syrian president: Analyst

The US government does not have the right to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power and determine the country’s next leader, an American analyst says.

“Why is the United States involving itself in deciding who or who will not be the president of Syria,” said Mark Glenn, co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement.

If a group of powerful countries gathered and decided to overthrow the US government, it would create a “tsunami” in Washington, Glenn said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“But yet this is what the United States does and this is what the United States is doing right now with regards to trying to remove President Assad from Syria,” he added.

The analyst said Iran has had an important and “pivotal role” in ending the conflict in Syria. “Iran has been kind of this silent player in all of this…and the United States recognizes this.”

“Iran and other players involved in all of this need to tread very carefully when they’re dealing with the United States because you’re dealing with a player who simply cannot be trusted on any level,” Glenn argued.

The United States acknowledged on Monday that Iran would eventually need to be involved in diplomatic discussions on ending the Syrian conflict.

The US State Department said that Iran is a stakeholder in this process because of Tehran’s close relationship with President Assad.

“At some point … we know there’s going to need to be a conversation with Iran toward the end of a political transition there,” Spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Vienna on Monday.

Several US officials said Tuesday that Iran has been invited to participate for the first time in international talks over Syria’s future.

Several top European and Arab diplomats are also expected to attend the talks in Vienna on Thursday.

Iran has never been invited to meetings on Syria since the crisis began in the country in 2011. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for Iran’s presence in the negotiations.

(Source / 28.10.2015)

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