No military solution for Syria crisis - Iranian Deputy FM
There is no military solution for Syria crisis and the issue can be resolved through a political approach, visiting Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said here on Friday, IRNA reported. Speaking to reporters at a press conference, he noted that Iran supports peaceful solution for Syrian crisis.
"Middle East is engaged in deep and speedy developments, including the Syria and Bahrain unrests; although Bashar Al-Assad's reform plan is in progress speedily but Syria is still involved in a war with terrorist gangs supported by outside countries; some US officials and regional countries are pursuing ways to equip rebels with semi-heavy weapons; sorely weaponization of various terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda members in Syria, by US and some regional countries still continues."
The high-ranking official underlined that the Syrian army was successful in its defense of Damascus and clearing of the Aleppo from terrorist gangs.
"Iran and Russia have similar stance toward the Syrian crisis and both stress the fulfillment of Bashar al-Assad's reform plan; Moscow and Tehran condemn foreign interference in Syria and warn about spreading of Syrian unrest to the other parts of the region; the efforts done by some UN Security Council member states and regional countries to bring Kofi Annan's peace mission to an end is sorrowful; Tehran and Moscow are still firm about their support for Annan's peace plan."
Amir-Abdollahian underscored that foreign military invasion against Syria is unlikely and Damascus is needless of Iran's military support, noting that it has been years that Damascus has been fully prepared to respond to any foreign raid, including war with Zionist regime.
Amir-Abdollahian is in Russia for a one day visit to the country.
The statement added that the foreign countries have never been sincere about their claims on trying to help the Syrian government to pass through the crisis and they have even tried to make Annan's plan to fail by supporting the terrorist groups and giving shelter to them.
Meantime, the statement stressed that Syria has always proven its commitment to Annan's plan and it has always cooperated with the international observers in Syria.
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