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FM: Syria Responsive to Legitimate Demands

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 6 (ICANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Syrian government has managed to respond to its people's legitimate demands and has put drastic reforms in place.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 8:54:10 PM
FM: Syria Responsive to Legitimate Demands

Salehi told Mehr News Agency on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad's government has well taken heed of legitimate and sensible demands of the Syrian people.

He noted that the Damascus government has so far managed to introduce fundamental reforms and restore peace and stability, following recent unrests in the Arab state. The Iranian foreign minister, however, differentiated the unrest in Syria from the ongoing popular uprisings in other Arab countries.

Salehi stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran pursues a clear and transparent policy vis-a-vis regional developments. He said that Tehran strongly believes that legitimate demands of the people must be accommodated in Bahrain, Libya or any other country of the world.

President Bashar al-Assad ordered a general amnesty in May for all political prisoners, with rights activists in Syria confirming the release of hundreds of detainees.

Earlier in June, the Syrian head of state offered a national dialogue to end the unrest in the country, calling on authorities, intellectuals and political personalities to discuss at a July 10 meeting amendments to the state constitution, especially Clause 8, which states that the governing Ba'ath party is the sole leader of both the state and society.

President Assad's orders for amnesties and reforms came following apparent efforts by foreign-backed armed gangs to incite unrest and terror in Syria by shooting at police as well as targeting protesters in scattered rallies around the country.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Syrians that crossed the country's northern border into southern Turkey in an attempt to escape the recent unrest in the country, have returned to their homes.

Some 405 Syrians went back to their homes on Sunday and Monday, AFP reported, citing a statement released by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency on its website on Monday.

Turkish officials say the number of Syrians taking refuge in tent cities in Turkey has significantly decreased.

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