Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili has rejected any foreign interference in Syria, reiterating that the Syrian people should determine their own destiny, Press TV reports.
“The Syrian nation, that is a pioneer in the liberation of Islamic lands and supporting the Islamic resistance, can determine its own fate more than others,” he noted.
Jalili made the remarks in a press conference at the Iranian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, referring to the Syrian people’s support for the Lebanese resistance movement during the 33-day Israeli war on Lebanon and Tel Aviv's 22-day war against Gaza, both of which, he said, resulted in ‘the Zionist regime's defeat.’
He added that the Syrian unrest stems from the country’s support for the resistance, and described it as an act of revenge against Syrians.
“The Syrian people are facing this conspiracy due to their support for the resistance.”
The Iranian official called Israel and the United States the main enemies of the Syrians and stressed that the US government, which has supported Israel and the regional dictators, cannot claim to advocate democracy.
He reiterated that the crisis in the Arab country should be resolved via political channels, saying that those who send weapons and money to the insurgents in Syria are directly responsible for the bloodshed in the country.
In reference to the case of the 48 kidnapped Iranian pilgrims, Jalili said Iran will exhaust all legal methods to secure the release of the pilgrims.
On August 4, 48 Iranians, traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, were abducted by insurgents.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011.
Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are behind the unrest while the West and the opposition accuse the security forces of killing protesters.