Iran stressed opposition to foreign military intervention in Syria, and lauded China and Russia for blocking the West’s efforts for finding an excuse for intervention in Syria.
Speaking in Beijing on Thursday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s opposition to any intervention in Syria.
“Some foreign governments insisted on intervention in Syria, but the veto of three international courses of action by China and Russia stripped the enemies of the people of this important Middle-East country of any pretext.”
He also strongly condemned terrorist activities in Syria, and stated, “Some armed and extremist operatives have sneaked into Syria from Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and even neighboring countries and are carrying out terrorist operations. The question is if they belong to opposition groups in Syria.”
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.
Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.