Saturday Apr 27, 201304:48 PM GMT
'West bullies Syria to salvage Israel'
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists that the ongoing Western threats waged against Syria are aimed at salvaging the Israeli regime and promoting the West's own interests in the region


“Today, US President [Barack Obama] openly threatens Syria's President [Bashar al-Assad]; this is an obvious interference and it is certainly not intended for helping the Syrian people,” said President Ahmadinejad in an interview with Portugal's RTP channel on Wednesday.

The president reiterated that such threats are aimed at saving “the Zionist regime” and protecting US interests in the strategic Middle East region.

“Regional nations can assist the Syrian people and government in the implementation of essential reforms and the resolution of their problems,” the Iranian president said.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, enduring organized attacks against Syrian police forces and border guards by well-armed gangs that are reportedly supported by foreign sources.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The US and the European Union have been criticizing Damascus throughout the unrest, accusing of repressive rule. The Western alliance recently went so far as calling for Assad's ouster and threatening the sovereign country with wide-ranging economic sanctions.

The Iranian chief executive insisted that NATO's flagrant meddling in other nations as well as resorting to military options would not be helpful in the resolution of any problems.

“Governments and nations must resolve their problems through negotiations, and other [countries] have no right to interfere in their internal affairs.”

Referring to the situation in Libya, President Ahmadinejad said the main reason behind NATO's attacks against the African country was that “certain Western countries that are undergoing economic troubles plan on destroying Libya's infrastructures to take over control of its oil reserves.”

“The UN Security Council (UNSC) made a big mistake with respect to Libya, the reason for which is quite obvious, since it serves the [interests of] the former colonialist [countries].”

Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between regime troops and fighters since a revolution seeking to topple the fugitive Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi began in mid-February.

NATO has conducted thousands of airstrikes over Libya since March to implement a UNSC resolution that called for “the protection of civilians.”

However, scores of civilians have been killed during the NATO airstrikes.

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