According to a report published in French daily Le Monde, around 200 French nationals have traveled to Syria in the past year to join foreign-backed militants fighting the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad."Tehran has dismissed the allegation by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius about Iran's involvement in the crisis in Syria as an attempt to divert attention from France’s meddling in the Arab country. “The comments by Mr. Fabius are not true and aimed at covering up France’s all-out interference in Syria's affairs, which has inflicted huge human and material losses on the Syrian people,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday. On Saturday, Fabius had expressed opposition to Iran’s presence at the Geneva conference in June on the crisis in Syria, claiming that Iran “is not after a political solution" in Syria and is “directly” involved in the conflict in the Arab country.
Araqchi, however, denied the accusations, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the cessation of violence and [implementation of] reforms in Syria, and considers national dialog within the framework of Syrian-Syrian negotiations as the solution to the country’s crisis.”He further said the countries sending weapons to armed groups in Syria are to blame for the growing insecurity in Syria. The crisis in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and 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 very large numbers of the militants fighting in Syria are foreign nationals. According to a report published in French daily Le Monde, around 200 French nationals have traveled to Syria over the past year to join foreign-backed militants fighting Assad’s government. On May 18, Assad said militants from as many as 29 different countries are fighting against the government in different parts of the country. MYA/NN/HMV