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RPGs not way to democracy in Syria: Iran Majlis Speaker
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  • Syria has been in crisis since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the unrest.
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Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says rocket propelled grenades are not the way to establish democracy in Syria, rejecting a military solution to the ongoing crisis.
Just as Iran believes in a political solution to Bahrain instead of a military one, the Islamic Republic also believes that RPGs cannot establish democracy in Syria, Larijani said in an interview with the Lebanese channel al-Mayadeen. He dismissed foreign interference in the affairs of any country, adding that circumstances have changed and military pressure on Syria will yield no result. The US and the West benefit from violence in Syria and, therefore, Washington obstructs the path to finding a solution to the turmoil in Damascus, the Iranian official said. Larijani said Iran believes that the Syria crisis can be resolved through holding elections. Responding to a question about Iran’s support for Hamas, Larijani said Tehran would continue to support the Palestinian resistance movement and Syria as the Islamic Republic backs the resistance front. Syria has been in crisis since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the unrest. Reports show the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and a very large number of militants fighting in Syria are foreign nationals. Iran has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs, stressing that inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections are the keys to resolving the unrest in the Arab country. AR/HGH
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