Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has denounced the “improper” move by the Arab League to hand Syria’s seat to the Arab country's foreign-backed opposition, warning the block against pursuing a “dangerous trend” regarding Syria.
Granting Syria’s seat in the Arab League to a group that doesn’t have the nation’s direct vote is an improper measure, Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday.
The Arab League has begun a dangerous trend that can also be used against certain members of the bloc in the future, he added.
On Tuesday, Syria’s foreign-backed opposition bloc, known as the National Coalition, took Syria’s seat during the Arab League annual summit held in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The League also authorized its members to send all the means of what it called self-defense, including weapons, to the militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranian envoy further reaffirmed the country’s stance on the importance of resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria through national dialogue within a Syria-Syria framework.
Many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence that broke out in Syria nearly two years ago.
Hakim, for his part, said that the support of certain sides for the extremist groups in Syria would not settle the two-year crisis in the Arab country. He added that the unrest in Syria should be resolved merely through political channels.