Sheikh Ahmad Badr Ad-Din Hassun, the Mufti of Syria, does not rule out the possibility of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad resigning his position but argues that the crisis in Syria is much more complicated than this issue. In a speech on Saturday before the International Conference on Islamic Unity, held in Tehran, the mufti said Assad is ready to resign but it's not the question of the presidency. Sheikh Hassun is widely criticized by the Sunni majority in his country, which sees him cooperating with the Damascus government against the people.
Sheikh Hassun thanked the host country for its support of the Islamic nation as a "service to humanity", noting that Muslims are at a crossroads as Arab countries crumble from within due to the Arab spring. He said that if the Tehran government gave up on Islam and Palestine, the world would let the Islamic Republic build its nuclear reactors, adding that sanctions were imposed to help Israel with the Palestinian problem and not because of its nuclear plans.