Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (R) talks to the visiting Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Tehran on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Iran's Foreign Minister says the Syrian government and nation should be vigilant against foreign threats in order to get through the current state of affairs.
“By maintaining their national solidarity and unity, the Syrian government and nation will be able to weather the current conditions and … stand against the excessive demands of the enemies of the interests of regional nations, especially the Zionist regime [of Israel]…,” Ali Akbar Salehi noted on Wednesday.
He made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Tehran on Wednesday.
“Iran, from the beginning, openly opposed any form of foreign intervention in the internal affairs [of Syria] and supported reforms implemented by [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad’s government to meet the legitimate and peaceful demands of the Syrian people and to bolster Syria’s role in [anti-Israel] resistance front,” Salehi added.
The Iranian minister said he was surprised by the sudden change in the position of some regional countries on Syria, which were considered close allies of Damascus.
“Unfortunately, some regional countries which know nothing about the most primary components of democracy and human rights are hastily supporting foreign meddling in Syria’s internal affairs which is at odds with the real expediencies and interests of the people in this country,” he noted.
The Syrian parliament speaker, for his part, praised Iran's role and sound positions in supporting the national interests of Syria and its people.
Al-Laham added that Western and some Arab media have focused their heavy anti-Syrian propaganda on distorting the realities of the country and criticized the political and media approaches taken on Syria by some regional states.
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.