Alaeddin Boroujerdi (left), head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, meets with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
Mr. al-Sharaa's appearance at the meeting ended rumors that he had defected to Jordan. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa (third from left), with less prominent opposition figures, attends the opening session of government-sponsored reform talks in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. The banner reads, "National dialogue consultative meeting, July 10-11, 2011." (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)