Deputy Foreign Minister’s reaction to the meeting of Syrian opposition in Istanbul

Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Fars News -(Tue Mar 19, 2013) Iranian Deputy FM Deplores Foreign Meddling in Syria

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian strongly condemned foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, and asked for a political solution to the current crisis in the country.
In reaction to the meeting of Syrian opposition in Istanbul, Amir Abdollahian condemned the blatant interference of outsiders in Syria’s domestic affairs and continued shipment of arms and violence in Syria.
He stressed the necessity to find political solution to the crisis in Syria, and said, “Syrian crisis can be resolved through political means and the Syrian nation never let any foreigner make decision on its fate.”
The Iranian diplomat, however, said the efforts by terrorist groups against the Syrian people and government are doomed to failure.
He invited all parties to take part in a national dialogue with the Syrian government to reach a national consensus.
On Monday, about nine UN humanitarian groups currently active in Syria described political solution as the only way to resolve the protracted crisis in the country.
The solution lies in the dialogue between Syrians themselves, the groups said in a press conference held in the capital Damascus to mark the second anniversary of the Syrian conflict.
“There is no loser in this crisis but Syria,” the groups said, noting that Syria is bleeding in its economy and social fabric.
Regarding the humanitarian situation, the groups noted that the situation “is so complicated… further deteriorating and posing unprecedented challenges to all humanitarian efforts in and outside Syria.”
They underlined that the security issue is one of the main hurdles facing the humanitarian efforts, adding that about 18 UN staffers and Syrian Red Crescent volunteers have paid their lives due to the ongoing violence.
Targeting humanitarian volunteers is a “strike of criminality,” they said, stressing that the UN will not succumb to such terrorism.
The groups revealed that there is an acute shortage of funding to the humanitarian work in Syria, noting that the international community is paying more attention to the political and military talks rather than the humanitarian ones.
“We are still unable to reach all the affected people in Syria,” they said.

Press TV -(Tue Mar 19, 2013)  Syrian nation won’t allow foreign intervention: Iran diplomat

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs says the Syrian nation will not allow foreign elements to draw the country’s political roadmap.
“The solution for the problems in Syria is solely political and the people of the country will not allow foreigners to decide for them from the outside,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a Saturday interview.
Amir-Abdollahian was making the remarks in reaction to the meeting of Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition, known as the Syrian National Coalition, in the Turkish city of Istanbul during which the opposition groups chose an interim prime minister.
The Iranian diplomat condemned foreign intervention in Syria, and slammed the arming of the Syrian militants as well as the inaction toward the ongoing violence in the Arab country as the alliance of the “extremism and state terrorism.”
Amir-Abdollahian noted that the last efforts by the terrorist groups against the Syrian nation and government are doomed to failure and called on all the involved parties to take part in effective dialogue aimed at achieving national consensus in the Arab country.
In their Tuesday meeting, the Syrian National Coalition chose naturalized Syrian-born American citizen Ghassan Hitto as the prime minister of what it called an interim government.
Hitto was born in Damascus in 1963 and has lived in the US for decades. He lived in the state of Texas until recently.
The 50-year-old moved to Turkey last November in an effort to manage military aid to areas held by the foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

IRNA -(Tue Mar 19, 2013) Dy FM: Syrian people never let outsiders make decision on their fate

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian in reaction to the meeting of Syrian opposition in Istanbul said o Tuesday that te Syrian people never let outsiders make decision on their fate.
Speaking to IRNA, he strongly condemned the blatant interference of outsiders in Syriaˈs domestic affairs and said continued shipment of arms and continuation of violence in the country are tantamount to supporting extremists and state-terrorism.
Syrian crisis can be resolved through political means and the Syrian nation never let any foreigner make decision on its fate, he said.
He said the efforts of terrorist groups against the Syrian people and government are doomed to failure and invited all parties to take part in a national dialogue with the Syrian government to reach a national consensus.

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