A senior Iranian lawmaker has warned that military intervention in Syria would be of no help in settling the spiraling crisis in the country.
“Any military and foreign intervention in Syria would be unhelpful and would even add to its complexities,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said on Sunday.
He said according to the closing statement of the recent summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, “political solutions” rather than “interference in its internal affairs” should be considered for the Syrian crisis.
Boroujerdi went on to say that Iran, currently holding the rotating presidency of NAM, is to invite parliamentarians from the movement’s member states to convene, most probably in Tehran, to seek a “political solution” to the turmoil in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are behind the unrest while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing the protesters.
Boroujerdi, who recently met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, said Damascus is trustful of the Islamic Republic in contributing to the return of calm to the Arab country.
“During [my] trip to Syria, Bashar al-Assad said he welcomes any step on the part of Iran to resolve the Syrian problem,” he said, adding “Given the Syrian people’s confidence in the Islamic Republic and Iran’s capacity in the current juncture, it would be possible for us to help resolve the Syrian crisis with maximum diplomacy.”
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.