Iran warns of Israeli plots against regional states
Press TV -(Thu May 2, 2013) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has reiterated the necessity for regional countries to be cautious about Israeli plots aimed at prompting ethnic and religious conflicts.
“We have repeatedly warned that regional countries should remain prudent and cautious, and not fall for Zionist conspiracies and pay due regard to their own interests and those of the regional states,” Mehmanparast said on Wednesday.
He urged the countries in the region to work together closely and step up efforts to maintain security and stability.
He stressed the importance of preventing foreign interference in regional affairs by eliminating any pretexts that could set the stage for the presence of trans-regional powers in the Middle East.
“Those who are playing with the fire of ethnic and religious conflicts in the region have not thought such a dangerous game through,” the Iranian spokesperson pointed out.
Mehmanparast pointed to the unrest in Syria and said that Iran believes in the need for “democratic means” to meet popular demands in the Arab country.
In order for democratic elections to be held in the country, Mehmanparast said, the clashes must end. However, he added, certain Western countries and regional states send more weapons to Syria and more acts of terror are conducted when the issue of elections is brought up, the spokesman said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. 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 the militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.
Pointing to the Western countries’ allegations against the Syrian government about the use of chemical weapons, the Iranian spokesman stated, “It is obvious that psychological warfare has begun, which aims to find an excuse for new actions in Syria.”
‘Why should a government that defends its country and nation use chemical weapons?’ he asked.
“The more interesting thing is that the Syrian government has asked for a United Nations fact-finding team to investigate the use of chemical weapons by the militants. If the Syrian government had conducted such a move (a chemical attack), it wouldn’t have called for this thing (a fact-finding mission),” Mehmanparast said.
The Syrian government requested the UN to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the country after reports circulated that the foreign-backed militants had used chemical weapons against civilians in Khan al-Assal district of the northwestern province of Aleppo on March 19. Over two dozen people were killed and more than 100 injured in the chemical attack.