Iran doing utmost to avert attack against Syria: Rouhani
Press TV -(Tue Sep 10, 2013) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is sparing no efforts to avert a military attack against Syria, warning of the consequences of a foreign military intervention in region.
“Over the past two weeks, the administration has used all its capacities to prevent a war,” Rouhani said on Tuesday.
“Messages were sent for certain powers and the Foreign Ministry is consulting with a number of countries,” the president added.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian held talks with his Russian counterpart Michael Bugdanov on Monday over the recent war rhetoric against Syria during a visit to Russia.
During his Sunday trip to Iraq, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria. Rouhani added that warmongers and their friends in the region will suffer the the most if a war is imposed on the people of Syria.
“Syria is of special importance to Iran because it is a member of the [anti-Israeli] resistance front,” Rouhani said.
The Iranian chief executive further cited the British Parliament’s vote against military intervention in Syria on August 29 and the opinion polls held by various organizations in various countries as proof that the world public opinion is opposed to war.
“Even the parliament of Britain, which is the closest ally of the US, voted against to the war,” Rouhani said.
While the British government had primarily sought a second vote in the parliament as well, it ruled out any such vote on September 2, saying that the parliament “has spoken,” and that the government “has absolutely no plans to go back to parliament.”
The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the Middle Eastern country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus.
The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation as part a plot for foreign military intervention.