Iran urges end to arming irresponsible armed groups in Syria
Press TV -(Sun Jun 23, 2013) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has called for an end to the “dangerous” arming of “irresponsible groups” in Syria.
In a meeting with members of the follow-up committee on Syrian national dialogue in Tehran on Sunday, Amir-Abdollahian urged the countries which arm “irresponsible groups” and encourage them to carry out terrorist acts to stop their actions and instead contribute to Syria’s reconstruction.
During their talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Saturday, top diplomats from Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States agreed to provide militants in Syria with arms.
The top officials agreed to “provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground, each country in its own way, in order to enable them to counter brutal attacks by the regime and its allies and protect the Syrian people.”
Amir-Abdollahian expressed hope that representatives of the Syrian people and opposition would attend the comprehensive national dialogue which the committee plans to hold in the near future.
“Iran has always supported and will support a political solution, national dialogue, and an end to violence in Syria as well as non-interference in [the internal affairs of] this country,” the Iranian official stated.
The committee on Syrian national dialogue is comprised of representatives of the opposition, members of the People’s Assembly and independent figures.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.
Reports show the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and that very large numbers of the militants are foreign nationals.
On Friday, the militants announced that they had received new weapons that could lead to “changes” in the war against the Syrian government.