A senior Iranian official says countries opposing a political solution to the crisis in Syria are afraid that the nation could achieve its true goals through peaceful channels. Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili on Tuesday condemned militants fighting the government of Syrian President Basher al-Assad and noted that the foreign-backed terrorists do not belong with the Syrians seeking reforms via democratic ways.
Jalili, who was meeting with the Syrian Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Subhi al-Abdullah in Tehran, noted that the enemies are sabotaging Syria’s economic infrastructure to further pressure the Syrians to abandon their support for the [anti-Israeli] resistance.The Iranian official further called for more efforts to resolve problems the Syrian people are facing and expressed the Islamic Republic's willingness to expand economic cooperation with Syria. The Syrian minister, for his part, said the country will finally get through the prolonged crisis despite foreign pressures. Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government blames the chaos on elements directed and funded from outside the country, citing reports that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals. MRS/SS