Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says transregional forces are pushing Syria toward insecurity and instability because Damascus is at the forefront of the resistance movement against Israel.
“There are hands at work to create instability and insecurity in Syria with the aim of harming the Islamic resistance front in the region and creating a safe haven for the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Mehmanparast said in an interview with Fars News Agency on Friday.
He added that regional countries must, therefore, be sensitive about the security and stability of the Middle East and thwart any plots for foreign interference through cooperation and coordination.
“We must not allow an atmosphere to be created in which transregional countries [will be able to] disrupt the peace in the region with rash measures such as military interference,” Mehmanparast said.
On June 22, The Guardian daily reported on its website that the Saudi regime plans to pay the salaries of the members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army amid ongoing attacks carried out by armed groups inside Syria.
The plot, which aims to encourage “mass defections from the military and increasing pressure” on the Damascus government, has been discussed between officials from Riyadh and Washington, as well as representatives from a number of other Arab states.
Only two days later, an alternative news weblog, the NSNBC, reported that Syria had arrested more than 40 German nationals for attempting to smuggle arms into the country.
“The only issue that the transregional countries are not concerned about is the security of the Middle East and the region as they are only pursuing their own interests,” Mehmanparast said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of many people, including security forces.
The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, but Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.