United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan was expected to meet with top Iranian officials Tuesday in the latest diplomatic offensive aimed at salvaging his faltering six-point peace plan to avert all-out civil war in Syria.
It was unclear whether Annan’s visit here — immediately after his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus — was a pro forma diplomatic gesture or signaled some new role for Iran in resolving the Syrian crisis.
Iran has been a staunch ally of Assad and has forcefully supported the Syrian president’s assertions that the rebellion is a terrorist conspiracy hatched by the West and its Arab allies.
In a statement, Annan said he had come to Iran “to see how we can work together to help settle the situation in Syria.”
The trip suggests that Annan is eager to have Tehran on board for any possible peace deal or transitional governing plan that may emerge for Syria. He has said repeatedly that Iran is an important regional power and should be involved in a resolution of the Syrian crisis.