Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered on Thursday to help in peace talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and its opposition.
Rouhani continued what Israel calls his "charm offensive" on Thursday night in an op-ed column he wrote for the Washington Post ahead of his visit to New York to speak at the UN General Assembly next week.
"I announce my government’s readiness to help facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition," he wrote.
In his column, the Iranian president urged the international community to put an end to the unilateral approach "which glorifies brute force and breeds violence" and instead adopt his offered approach of "prudence and hope" in which others' needs are considered "on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect."
Rouhani also stressed the importance of Iran's nuclear program , saying that generating nuclear power "is as much about diversifying our energy resources as it is about who Iranians are as a nation, our demand for dignity and respect and our consequent place in the world."