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Iran supports regional democratic movements: Majlis speaker
Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani
Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani
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We support the democratic movements in regional countries and consider them part of people’s rights.”

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani

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Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic supports the democratic movements in the region but opposes foreign military interference carried out under the pretext of democratization.

“We support the democratic movements in regional countries and consider them part of people’s rights,” Larijani said in an interview with the Arab news channel, Al-Arabiya, in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum on Monday.

Larijani made the remarks on the sidelines of the 8th General Assembly Meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU). The two-day event kicked off in Khartoum on Monday.

Larijani further underlined Iran’s consistent approach toward the developments in the region. “Our stance toward regional developments that have occurred in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria is the same.”

“We are against any military interference in countries for democratizing them, because any democracy that is exported into counties with weapons lays the foundation for dependant tyranny,” the Iranian official added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

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 fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.

Larijani added, “I believe countries that send arms to Syria and intend to disturb the situation in this country must be held accountable.”

Iran stresses that the crisis in the Arab state must be resolved politically, announcing its support for the plans proposed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict.

In a key speech on January 6, Assad called for an end to the terrorist operations inside Syria and urged "concerned states and parties" to stop funding, arming and harboring militants.

Assad said his government is always ready to hold talks with the opposition and political parties and will call for a “comprehensive national dialog” after foreign parties end their support for the militants and the terrorist activities cease in the country.

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