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Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi

Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi

Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon says the plots by the United States and the Israeli regime to change the geopolitical map of the Middle East have failed due to victories by the Syrian army against foreign-backed militants in Syria. Ghazanfar Roknabadi told a group of editors and analysts from English-language TV stations in Lebanon on Monday that after two years of unrest in Syria, the signs of defeat of the US-Israeli plots in the region are becoming clear. The Iranian envoy also condemned the use of chemical weapons by the militants in Syria and said the move by certain anti-Syria countries to accuse the Syrian government of using such weapons is a sign of weakness and desperation of conspirators. The Syrian government requested the UN to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the country after reports circulated that the foreign-backed militants had used chemical weapons against civilians in Khan al-Assal district of the northwestern province of Aleppo on March 19. Over two dozen people were killed and more than 100 injured in the chemical attack. The Israeli regime, France, and the UK have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in its fight against the militants. The United States has also backed the allegations “in varying degrees.” However, Syria strongly rejects the allegations as false and fabricated. Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari said on April 28 that Western states had raised the issue of chemical weapons in Syria as a pressure tactic against the country. The Syrian government says the chaos that began in the country over two years ago is being orchestrated from outside. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. Separately, the Iranian envoy to Beirut reiterated Iran’s support for stability, security and unity in Lebanon in the face of the Israeli regime. He said supporting the resistance front against Israel is the main characteristic of the Lebanese government. YH/HSN
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