Iran’s foreign minister has warned of Western attempts to change the course of popular revolutions in the region after the fall of their puppet regimes in those nations.
According to Press TV, Ali Akbar Salehi told a meeting of political experts on Wednesday “While the West backed the former rulers of some regional regimes, following the people’s victory, it has started an attempt to seize the revolutions and push them toward its own interests.”
Salehi recalled the West’s support for Tunisia’s ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak until “the very last days of their rule,” and blamed it for “pretending support” for the people of these countries to rub them of their revolution.
The minister said that West has also a paradoxical policy about human rights and the right to nuclear energy.
Salehi criticized Western powers for turning a blind eye to people’s peaceful protests in Bahrain while in Syria, they devastated the country’s infrastructure by arming militants after they failed to rile up massive unrest in the capital, Damascus.
He added “They are seeking to topple the legitimate government in this country in contradiction with the laws and values they have laid themselves… and had used as a leverage against other countries for years.”
The Iranian official reiterated the country’s support for dialogue and an end to violence in Syria, emphasizing Tehran’s efforts to bring together representatives of the parties involved in the prolonged crisis in Syria in a conference, titled “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy,” held in the Iranian capital in November.