Post-Assad Syria would drop special Iran ties

By REUTERS
December 3, 2011 14:26

BEIRUT - The collapse of the 40-year-old Assad regime in Syria would radically change the politics of the Middle East, reducing the influence of Iran and its Islamist proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, the main Syrian opposition leader in exile has said.

Syria would align itself with the Arab League and the Gulf, Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun told the Wall Street Journal in an interview in France.

"Our future is truly tied to the Arab world and the Gulf in particular," he was quoted as saying in a WSJ transcript.

Damascus would have no special relationship with Iran and Hezbollah if President Bashar al-Assad lost power, he said.


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