TEHRAN, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Saturday that incumbent Syrian President Bashar al- Assad will take part in the presidential elections in 2014.
Salehi made the remarks at a joint press conference with his visiting Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem in Tehran.
Syria, like any other country, has a president by elections, said Salehi, adding that by the next elections in Syria, Assad is the legal president of the Syrians and this is the official stance of the Islamic republic.
In the next presidential elections of Syria, anybody who is elected by the people will be the president of the Syrians for the next term, said the Iranian foreign minister.
Also, Salehi said that no country, except Syria, would be allowed to decide for the Syrians.
No country outside has the right to make decisions for Syria, Salehi said, adding that nobody can inflict its will on the Syrians using force and arms.
Salehi said there is no military solution to the Syrian issue, and the first and foremost demand of the Islamic republic is to end the violence in the Arab state.