"I was against making Syria an instrument of Iranian policy in the Middle East," Khaddam said, "because it contradicts with Syrian traditions and history and leads to loss of independence."
Khaddam, now part of the political opposition calling for changes in Syria, told VOA's Kurdish Service that he "always had different views" when he was part of the Assad regime and that he now has a program for change.
"The basic tenets of the program are to build a democratic system in Syria that guarantees general and individual freedoms and allows power rotation based on elections results," he said. "Furthermore, that it ends the state of emergency and allows freedom of expression, releases all political prisoners, and grants the right to return to all Syrians living abroad, together with economic and administrative reforms."
Khaddam added that he is willing to cooperate with any personality or political force that shares his vision of "regime change and the establishment of a democratic system."
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