Iran Renews Opposition to Foreign Intervention in Syria

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stressed support for the Syrian people and the Damascus government’s reform plan, and voiced Tehran’s opposition to any foreign military intervention in Syria.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Saturday Iran condemns any military intervention in Syria.

Denying rumors about Iran’s military intervention in Syria and sending weapons and military assistance to that country, he said Iran denounces and condemns any violent actions in Syria and considers them against human rights.

Mehman-Parast said Iran’s stance on Syria is to support any reforms in favor of the Syrian nation and it is against any foreign interference in Syria’s domestic affairs in any forms.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Bashar al-Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but the US and Israeli plots could spark some new unrests in certain parts of the country.

Mehman-Parast had also earlier deplored any foreign meddling in Syria, and praised the reforms President Assad has pledged to undertake as “problem-solving”.

“We are fundamentally against interfering in the affairs of other countries. We think it does not solve the problems but will only make them more complicated,” Mehman-Parast said in January.

“The good reforms which have been announced by the Syrian officials are pushing the ambience towards dialogue and solving the problems, though some countries do not like this,” he said.

Assad has announced the end to the state of emergency, granted citizenship to many Syrian Kurds and promised parliamentary elections later this year. In January, he issued the latest of thousands of amnesties for those detained since the uprising began.

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