Iran criticizes Turk officials’ adventurist remarks

FM Spokesman denounced recent remarks by officials in Erdugan government as false, and called for self-restraint and cooperation by both countries to solve regional crises,according to MNA.

Ramin Mehmanparast, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman, during a visit to Turkey, had meeting with Murat Karakaya, general manager of the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Press and Information Office on Monday evening.

Mehmanparast stated the official position of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Syria as ‘opposing western intervention in Syria and fostering regional cooperation’ in solving crises.

“Cessation of hostilities and providing conditions for national dialogue, and fair and democratic elections is the solution for Syria. Current instability and escalating violence is in line with the interests of Zionist regime and western countries,” he asserted.

He also called for more vigilance by countries in the region on western demands and added that the leaders of the region should take necessary cares that their actions would not provide the pretext for pro-Zionist western intervention in the region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman denounced the remarks by some Turk authorities as false and emphasized on the importance of the cooperation by democratic means rather than controversial statements.


Archbishop Matar Criticizes foreign meddling in Syria

Archbishop of Beirut for the Maronites Paul Matar praised the Islamic Republic of Iran's six-point peace plan for resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria,according to IRNA.

Matar made the remarks in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi.

"We believe that negotiation is the sole way to settle the crisis in Syria," he said, calling for an immediate end to violence in Syria.

Criticizing foreign meddling in Syria, he noted the Syrian nation should decide their own destiny through participation in national dialogue and 2014 elections.

Analyzing Iran's six-point peace plan for resolving the crisis in Syria, Ghazanfari, for his part, said the Islamic Republic believes that negotiation is the only way to settle the ongoing crisis in Syria.


Syria will remain impervious ,says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS, (ST) – Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi affirmed on Monday  that the government will continue providing all that the citizens need and repairing what was damaged by terrorists"the government will do its utmost  to enable  citizens to return to their homes as soon as possible and restore security and stability to the country,"said al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remarks came during a ceremony to honor the families of martyrs from the working class, "the Syrian Arab Army is carrying out its duties and pursuing terrorists who tamper with the country's security, while the government, NGOs, civil society and popular activities are continuing work to achieve reconciliation and dialogue, leading to democratic and pluralistic Syria through ballots,underscored al-Halqi.

He said that the aggression against Syria seeks to destroy and fragment it and rejects all reforms and calls for dialogue, stressing that Syria is waging war against salafi, takfiri armed terrorist groups supported by the US, Israel, Europe, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"Syria will remain impervious, saluting the steadfastness of the Syrian people and their sacrifices, voicing confidence that Syrians are capable of moving forward to create Syria's bright future,stredded al-Halqi.


US must rethink support for al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria: Iran cmdr.

Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi says the United States should reconsider its support for al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria.

Firouzabadi said on Sunday that US President Barack Obama has received wrong reports about events on the ground in Syria.

Washington must rethink its “hasty stance” on supporting the al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria and allow the new US secretary of state to map out his job according to the reality on the ground in Syria, Firouzabadi stated.

    The Iranian commander said the “majority of Syrians” want peace to be established in the country. He called on the international community not to be deceived by the “false reports of Western, Hebrew and Arab media” about the events in Syria.


State General Budget Specified at (SYP) 1383 billion.. New Faculty of Architectural Engineering Established

DAMASCUS, (ST) – President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued a law specifying the State general budget for 2013 fiscal year at (SYP) 1383 billion.

The president also, issued a decree providing for the establishment of a second Faculty of Architectural Engineering in the city of Salamiyeh in Hama. The faculty is to be affiliated to al-Baath University of Homs. 

H. Moustafa