Iran stands by Syria against US: Iranian official
Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:26AM
Iran stands by the Syrian people and government in countering the plots of the Westerners, especially the Americans and their allies in the region." Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-AbdollahianIranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic supports the Syrian people and government against the US and its allies. “Iran stands by the Syrian people and government in countering the plots of the Westerners, especially the Americans and their allies in the region,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud on Tuesday. He went on to say that those who provide the militants in Syria with financial and military support are responsible for the killing of Syrian people, the destruction of the country’s infrastructure and the destabilization of the region.
The Iranian official stressed that national dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition is the only way out of the crisis, adding that, “The enemies of Syria are treading the wrong path and will never be successful in achieving their demands.”Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Mahmoud, for his part, emphasized the expansion of bilateral relations, especially in trade and economy sectors, between Iran and Syria, and underlined the importance of using the potentials of the two countries to fight against economic wars. He also thanked the Iranian government and nation for their stance toward Syria. TE/PKH/HJL