Amir-Abdollahian’s remarks regarding Arab League decision for giving Syria’s seat to the foreign-backed opposition

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

IRNA -(Tue Mar 26, 2013) Iran upbraids Arab League for setting precedent against international norms

 Iran on Tuesday upbraided the Arab League for setting precedent against international norms by inviting Syrian opposition leader to Summit of Arab Leaders underway in Qatar.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian criticized hasty measures taken by certain countries by giving the Syrian government’s seat at the Arab League to unauthorized people, saying the Arab League set a precedent against international norms.
He criticized the Arab League for working in harmony with the western governments to serve their goals in the Middle East.
Amir-Abdollahian highlighted inaction of the Arab leaders toward the plight of Palestinian people by the occupying regime of Tel Aviv and said that if the Arab Leaders were wary of human rights violations, why they kept silent toward bloodshed of Palestinians in the past several decades.
The action was interpreted as the end of the role of Arab League in the region, he noted.
“It would be better if the Arab Leaders drew attention to defending oppressed people of Palestine vis-a-vis the occupying regime of Tel Aviv.”

Press TV(Tue Mar 26, 2013) Iran has criticized the Arab League (AL) for giving Syria’s seat to the foreign-backed opposition, warning that the move will set a “dangerous” precedence in the Arab world.

This hasty decision can turn into a new procedure and be applied to other Arab League member states in the future, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
“This measure taken by the Arab League will be taken to mean the end of the [Arab] League’s role in the region,” he noted.
The Iranian official also advised Arab leaders to end their silence toward Israel’s aggression and crimes and focus their efforts on supporting the Palestinian people.
In November 2011, the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership, though Damascus is a founding member of the organization.
It consequently called on the opposition National Coalition on March 6 “to form an executive body to take up Syria’s seat” at the AL summit scheduled for Tuesday in the Qatari capital of Doha.
Damascus has censured the decision and condemned the Arab League for giving the country’s “stolen seat to bandits and thugs,” Syrian government daily al-Thawra said in a report published on Monday.
Iraq and Algeria are the only countries that have expressed reservations about the decision, while Lebanon has opposed the move.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.

Fars NA -(Wed Mar 27, 2013) Iran Blasts Arab League for Serving Interests of Western States

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian lambasted the Arab League for its decision to grant Damascus’ seat to the Syrian opposition coalition outside Syria, and said such a move merely serves the interests of the western countries.
Amir Abdollahian criticized hasty measures taken by certain countries by giving the Syrian government’s seat at the Arab League to unauthorized people, saying the Arab League set a precedent against international norms.
He criticized the Arab League for working in harmony with the western governments to serve their goals in the Middle East.
Amir Abdollahian highlighted inaction of the Arab leaders toward the plight of Palestinian people by the occupying regime of Tel Aviv and said that if the Arab Leaders were wary of human rights violations, why they kept silent toward bloodshed of Palestinians in the past several decades.
The action was interpreted as the end of the role of Arab League in the region, he noted, adding, “It would be better if the Arab Leaders drew attention to defending oppressed people of Palestine vis-a-vis the occupying regime of Tel Aviv.”
The Arab leaders rushed through a declaration in Doha conference and granted Damascus’ seat at the Arab League to the Syrian opposition coalition.
The Arab League’s decision to grant Damascus’ seat to the Syrian opposition coalition was rejected by the Syrian government and the domestic opposition.
It legitimizes terrorist acts that are committed overtly and blatantly against the Syrians, their institutions and properties, the Al-Thawra newspaper said in a commentary.

Press TV -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) Iran warns Arab League against dangerous approach to Syria

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has denounced the “improper” move by the Arab League to hand Syria’s seat to the Arab country’s foreign-backed opposition, warning the block against pursuing a “dangerous trend” regarding Syria.
Granting Syria’s seat in the Arab League to a group that doesn’t have the nation’s direct vote is an improper measure, Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday.
The Arab League has begun a dangerous trend that can also be used against certain members of the bloc in the future, he added.
On Tuesday, Syria’s foreign-backed opposition bloc, known as the National Coalition, took Syria’s seat during the Arab League annual summit held in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The League also authorized its members to send all the means of what it called self-defense, including weapons, to the militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranian envoy further reaffirmed the country’s stance on the importance of resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria through national dialogue within a Syria-Syria framework.
Many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence that broke out in Syria nearly two years ago.
Hakim, for his part, said that the support of certain sides for the extremist groups in Syria would not settle the two-year crisis in the Arab country. He added that the unrest in Syria should be resolved merely through political channels.

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