Assad aide: Syria sees West easing tough stance after Iran deal

BEIRUT - A close adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad said Iran's nuclear accord with world powers will force the West to soften its stance against Damascus and deal with its government to find a negotiated solution to Syria's civil war.
Tehran has given vital financial and military support to Assad in a four-year-old conflict that has become a battleground for Shi'ite Muslim Iran's regional power struggle with Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, which backs insurgent forces in Syria.
Western powers have supported non-Islamist rebels in Syria and said there was no room for Assad in a future Syria.
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