Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Iran: Iran supports reforms in Syria - Vice Pres

Iran's support for reform in Syria
Source: IRNA

Tehran, May 21, IRNA – Vice President for International Affaires Ali Sa'eidlu said here on Monday that Tehran is against any kind of foreign interference in Syria and supports reform in the country.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Syria's Health Minister Wael Nader Al-Halki.

“Iran and Syria have historical and cultural relations and Tehran is committed to expand its relations with Damascus in all fields,” said Sa'eidlou

“Syria is in the frontline of resistance against the occupying force of Zionist regime; Tehran supports Syrian people's demands for reform in this region; Syrian people have a good feeling about the beginning of reforms and see a brighter future for their country,” the official added.

“Tehran is against any kind of foreign interference in Syria; however, the western propaganda machine has urged the Syrian nation not to attend the recent parliamentarian election, but they had a good participation; Iranian and Syrian nations have been always vigilant about the enemies’ plots against their countries.”

Sa'eidlu noted that Iran-Syria relations are strategic and Tehran is ready to transfer its experience in all fields of knowledge to the brother country of Syria.

The official condemned the latest rounds of violence and terrorist operations in the country.

Syria's health minister for his part praised Iran’s stand towards Damascus, adding that Tehran’s position toward Syria’s unrests proved the two nations’ close friendship.

“Syria will stand against the hegemonic powers with total force; we trust in God and will change the current challenges into opportunities.”

Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979. Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

Bahrain however, has experienced the deadliest clashes. Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

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 Zionist regime plots could spark some new unrests in certain parts of the country.