“I had been speaking with him many times at the beginning of this crisis… when he was not keeping his promises, and I had been thinking that it would not be useful for me, and there was no such need, I’ve been basically using my joint special representative.”
UN secretary-general, in an interview with Al-Arabiyya TV channel
Will al-Assad keep his promises to Ayatollah Khamenei or break them one day, when rules of the game change? Or the other way round, perhaps? Has Khamenei given up on direct communication with al-Assad and handed over all responsibility to his man in Sepah Pasdaran Qassim Soleimani, or are the two still in direct contact?