Rouhani offers to broker Syria talks

AFP-JIJI

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said Thursday his government is ready to “help facilitate dialogue” between the Syrian regime and the opposition. “We must join hands to constructively work toward national dialogue, whether in Syria or Bahrain. We must create an atmosphere where peoples of the region can decide their own fates,” Rouhani wrote in a column in The Washington Post.

In his latest bid to reach out to the international community since becoming president in August, Rouhani said he wants to pursue a policy of “constructive engagement.” Speaking on NBC television, he also refused to rule out what will be a historic first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.