‘NATO a dangerous entity’
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says any military move in northern Syria would definitely harm Turkey, Syria and the region as a whole. Ayatollah Khamenei said fighting terrorism is a must, but a military incursion into Syria will benefit terrorists alone. He also underlined the significance of Syria’s territorial integrity. The leader said the problems in Syria should be resolved through negotiations. Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting with the visiting Turkish president. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said that terrorist groups in Syria are supported and armed by western countries, including the US. On Tuesday afternoon, the Iran’s leader also met with the Russian president and discussed bilateral ties as well as regional and global issues. Ayatollah Khamenei said Tehran and Moscow need to be vigilant against QUOTE-deceptive policies of the West. He also stressed the need for driving US. forces out of oil-rich areas, east of the Euphrates River in Syria. The Iranian leader described NATO as a dangerous entity which knows no limits. Ayatollah Khamenei said if Russia had not stopped NATO in Ukraine, the military alliance would have started the war using Crimea as a pretext. He also called for de-dollarization in international trade transactions.
Syria summit in Tehran
Iran’s president says the integrity and independence of Syria must be respected and a military intervention in the Arab country will only worsen the situation there. Ebrahim Raeisi made the remarks after a trilateral summit with his Russian and Turkish counterparts on Syria. The Iranian president said the fate of Syria must be determined by its own people and without any foreign interference. Raeisi condemned the US for making illegal bases in the country and plundering Syria’s natural resources. He underscored Israel’s attacks against the Arab country, saying the regime’s actions threaten peace and security in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin also made similar remarks about Syria’s sovereignty. Putin said the seventh summit of the Astana process has been fruitful. Putin condemned the West for plundering Syria’s natural wealth with the intention of disintegrating the country. He called on the United Nations to provide humanitarian aid to Damascus without any preconditions. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was next to deliver a speech. He called the Astana process the only platform that has taken necessary measures for peace in Syria. The peace process was launched in 2017 at the initiative of Tehran, Moscow and Ankara on how to reduce tensions in Syria.
Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations has accused Israel of crimes against humanity over what it calls systematic and flagrant violations of children’s rights. Majid Takht Ravanchi made the statement while addressing a UN Security Council debate on children and armed conflict. He pointed to UN reports that the regime has committed nearly three-thousand violations against hundreds of Palestinian children. Takht Ravanchi said a UN report says Israel has killed nearly 90 children in 2021 alone. The Iranian ambassador to the UN said the perpetrators of such heinous crimes must be brought to justice.
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