'Meddling in Syria to cost US dearly'
Deputy Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad Esmail Kowsari
An Iranian lawmaker has warned the United States against intervention in Syria's internal affairs, saying that any US meddling in Syria will cost Washington dearly.
We warn the Americans to refrain from interfering in [the internal affairs of] Syria and instead be responsive to the demands of anti-Wall Street protesters in the United States, Deputy Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad Esmail Kowsari said.
He also noted that the US and Israel have suffered a serious defeat in the recent developments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and Washington has now targeted Syria in an attempt to deflect the world's public opinion and downplay the Islamic Awakening, Fars News Agency reported on Thursday.
The lawmaker further stated that the US is directly involved in inciting unrest in Syria.
The Americans intend to use the demands of the Syrian people as a pretext to topple the Syrian government, whereas the Syrian protestors do not demand such a thing, Kowsari said.
“Continued foreign intervention in Syria will only make the Syrian nation more united,” he pointed out.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the unrest.
The opposition and Western countries accuse security forces of being behind the killings in Syria over the past months, but the government blames outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups for the deadly violence, saying that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.