Rowhani says Iran will accept any elected Syria ruler

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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Monday his country will accept anyone the Syrian people would elect as a ruler.

"Whoever Syrian citizens vote for to rule their country, we'll agree with it," Rowhani said, as quoted by the official news agency IRNA.

His remarks are a slight change of emphasis from comments by other Iranian leaders, which have often emphasized Iran's support for its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and blamed the West for the rebellion against him.

The Syrian government plans to hold presidential elections in 2014, but the country's opposition does not think it can be held during the ongoing civil war.

Opposition groups also say they oppose all negotiation with Assad's government unless it is aimed at his giving up power.

(With The Associated Press)

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