Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad has said that the West is seeking to plunge independent countries, like Iran, into confusion and disarray, stating that the US and its allies want the Islamic Republic to be dependent and in ruins.
Mikdad made the comments during a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday.
The top Syrian diplomat pointed to the bitter and disastrous results of foreign interventions in his war-ravaged country under the false pretext of protecting human rights, and the abject failure of the Tel Aviv regime and its supporters in hatching plots and creating crises for the Syrian government and nation.
“They [the West] seek to plunge independent countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, into crisis. The United States and the West want Iran to ruin and become dependent, not prosperous, developed, and independent. Everyone saw what the US and its allies did to Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” Mikdad said.
Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, reiterated that the Palestinian issue and support for the resistance front as well as the Syrian government and people are among Tehran’s principled and logical positions.
“Political and propaganda campaigns could by no means undermine the Iranian government and nation’s determination to follow the path to progress, independence, and dignity, protect the stability and security of regional countries and counter foreign interference and the Zionist regime’s acts of aggression,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
The Iranian nation will vigilantly thwart the enemies’ plots, Amir-Abdollahian stated.
The two senior diplomats also discussed issues of common interest in regional and international affairs and stressed the need to promote the relations between Tehran and Damascus, especially economic and trade ties.
Last week, Iran’s Foreign Ministry vehemently censured the United States over meddling in the Islamic Republic’s domestic affairs after President Joe Biden voiced support for riots in the country, made an interventionist statement, and sought encouragement of violence.
“On Saturday, Biden interfered for the umpteenth time in Iran's state matters by supporting the riots as he has done ever since the outbreak of recent developments in Iran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said.
He added, “Given the fact he neither does enjoy trusted advisers nor a good memory, I remind him that Iran is so strong and steadfast that it would not give in to his cruel sanctions and idle threats. It is also so proud that would be unfazed by the interventions and exclamations of a politician tired of years of the futile campaign against Iran.”
Iran mourned the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian who died at a hospital in Tehran three days after she collapsed in police custody. Iranians have held protests over the issue. But some extremist elements derailed the protests and incited violence against security forces. Western-backed media outlets have also encouraged violence. Iran says it will not allow interference in its own internal affairs.