Salehi advises western governments to end sponsoring violence in Syria
IRNA -(Wed Mar 27, 2013) Iran advises western governments to end sponsoring violence in Syria
Iran on Wednesday advised the western governments to end sponsoring violence in Syria and encourage the warring parties to opt for democratic means to restore peace and tranquility.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the western governments have taken measures which further complicates the situation in Syria.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the first cabinet meeting in the new Iranian year, Salehi criticized Arab League decision to give the Syrian government’s seat to Syrian opposition, saying “such mistakes further complicated the crisis in the country.”
He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly called for an end to violence in Syria.
“Unfortunately measures taken by certain countries in connection to Syria fuel the flames of violence and bloodshed in the country.”
Supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons will lead to further killing of innocent people in Syria, he noted.
Salehi said, “we should join hands to logically and legally and according to international law find a way out of Syrian crisis.”
Asked about President Ahmadinejad’s upcoming tour of West Africa which is scheduled for April, Salehi said the president will officially visit three or four west African countries for the first time.
On the next round of Iran-G5+1 talks which is scheduled to be held soon, he said, “On the subject of negotiations we have talked a lot, now let’s see what will happen after the meeting.”
Salehi said that he will visit Tajikistan soon to attend the foreign ministers meeting of Association of Asian nations.
Press TV -(Wed Mar 27, 2013)AL mistakes complicating Syria crisis: Iran FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has criticized the Arab League (AL) for giving Syria’s seat to the foreign-sponsored opposition bloc, saying the move will further complicate the crisis in the Arab country.
“It appears that mistakes are being made in [the process of] resolving the Syrian crisis and these wrong moves will create problems for resolving the crisis in this country,” the Iranian minister said Wednesday.
Salehi stressed that the wrong decision taken by the AL members would backfire on them.
“The Syrian issue must be resolved logically, legally and according to international law,” said the Iranian diplomat.
Salehi added that arming foreign-backed militants and mercenaries fighting against Damascus would lead to more bloodshed in the Arab country.
On Tuesday, Syria’s 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 militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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.
Damascus says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.