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Syrian government is as strong as ever,says Safieddine

 Head of Hezbollah's Executive Council Sheikh Hashem Safieddine stressed that the Syrian government is as strong as ever, and said those waiting for the collapse of the Syrian government and its possible impact on Lebanon's next parliamentary elections are mistaken.

Sheikh Safieddine's remarks came while certain foreign countries, including the US, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are trying hard to "overthrow the Syrian government" in order to influence Lebanon's next parliamentary elections,according to FNA.

He noted that Lebanon's next parliamentary elections and formation of the new government in the country "will take place while Syria's incumbent government will still be in power", Al-Ahd news agency reported.

Sheikh Safieddine said those thinking about the collapse of the Syrian government should know that pressures cannot force it to fall, alluding that the Syrian  government will survive beyond Lebanon's upcoming parliamentary elections.

Lebanon's parliamentary elections are slated for 2013, but no exact date of the elections has been disclosed as yet.


Boroujerdi Rejects Accusations about Iran's Alleged Meddling in Syria

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi categorically denied the recent allegations raised by terrorists  about Iran's alleged interference in the internal affairs of Syria,according to FNA.

"We definitely have no reason to interfere in Syria's affairs because this country has an army and extensive facilities and its army is comprised of armed popular groups which are resisting (against rebels and terrorist groups)," Boroujerdi said on Friday.

He added that armed opposition groups in Syria, backed by foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are leveling such allegations against Iran due to their failure to change the current political structure in Syria.


Moscow seeks to unify Int'l stances towards crisis in Syria, says Lavrov

MOSCOW,(ST)_Russia underscores the need for immediate cessation of all forms of violence in Syria and starting a Syrian comprehensive dialogue to settle the crisis.

The remark was made on Friday by the Russian Foreign Minister, SergeiLavrov, who held talks with Leader of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, WalidJunblat.

"The talks dealt with the situation in Syria in the light of increasing negative consequences of 'armed conflict' on the region's states," the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said in its statement.

It added that Lavrov asserted full support for stability and independence of Lebanon and all states in the region as well. He also restated Russia's firm stances for solving internal cases peacefully through dialogue and far away from foreign meddling and imposed dictations.

'A dirty' attack

Meanwhile, Russia's presidential envoy to the Middle East, Mikhael Bogdanov, echoed Lavrov's remark as regards solving the ongoing crisis in Syria through dialogue and under Geneva Statement.

In a meeting with a Syrian parliamentary delegation in Moscow, Bogdanov noted Russia's efforts being exerted to unify international stances to bring about a peaceful solution to crisis in Syria.

"A 'dirty' attack is being launched against Syria via mass media, particularly the western one," the Russian Envoy said, citing that some western mass media distort the reality of Russia's attitude towards Syria and falsify the Russian leadership's remarks in this regard.

"The Syrian MPs' visit to Moscow comes within the framework of reactivating parliamentary and diplomatic relations and developing communication between representative of public opinion in Syria and Russia at all levels," Bogdanov said.

Syria regrets Switzerland-led campaign in the UNSC

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria regrets that some states insist on not recognizing its duty to protect its people from terrorism imposed on it from abroad, the Expatriates and Foreign Ministry said.

In a letter sent on Friday to the International Security Council's Head, the FM said: "The Syrian government shares the states, which asked the UN Security Council to refer the Syria crisis to the International Criminal Court, concern over humanitarian situation in Syria and the terrorist groups' violation of human rights."

But it regretted that these states persist in adopting a wrong approach as regards their rejection for recognizing the Syrian state's duty to protect is citizens from terrorisms.

It underscored that some of the signatories of the letters sent to the UNSC to refer the Syria crisis to the ICC are funding, training and sheltering the armed terrorist groups.

"Those states' support for the armed groups is being covered by political and media campaigns to protect the groups' crimes and to sully the Syrian state's image through accusing it of these crimes," the FM letters read.

'Unjust' campaign

It also regretted that Switzerland, which was known as a neutral and objective state, has led the 'unjust' campaign against a UN state member (Syria) and defends the terrorist groups' acts.

"This campaignstresses once again hypocrisy and double- standard policy of the signatories regarding the crisis in Syria and the international human rights laws in general. They voice concern over the Syrian people and international human rights law disregarding the support being offered to the armed terrorist groups," said the ministry.

It asserted that some signatories are directly supporting the armed groups and hamper the Syrian national dialogue that aims to solve the crisis according the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad.

The Switzerland-led campaign won't contribute to ending the humanitarian suffering or halting the violations against the international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by the armed terrorist groups," the ministry said.

Rather, the Ministry added, these groups would find in this move a form of support for them and for their practices as well as more legitimacy for further killing and destruction.

The ministry called for putting pressure on the states that support terrorists to halt doing that, lift illegal and immoral sanctions imposed on Syria, and stopping 'Fatwas' that justify killing in Syria.

The ministry noted that Syria has formed a' national independent and honest' investigation committee to probe human rights violations committed by both civilian and military people, stressing that the formed committee is following up its work across Syria and ensures accountability for all violations.




Iran, China commend President Al-Assad's plan

Iranian and Chinese foreign ministry officials have  announced that the initiative set forth by President Bashar Al- Assad to settle Syria crisis is realistic.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affaires, Hossein Amir Abdollahian told IRNA after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that both Iran and China commend the Syrian president for the peace initiative to end bloodshed,according to IRNA.

He said that during the talks and consultations with Chinese officials in Beijing there were discussions on the Middle East and Gulf developments, including Syria and Bahrain crises.

"We believe that the Syrian issue is on the road to progress and we should help people of the country, while supporting a political settlement offered by Bashar Al-Assad."

He referred to close stand of Tehran and Beijing on international developments and said, "Both countries are seriously calling for non-intervention of the foreign governments in Syria, and end to the terrorist measures and border control."

Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports people of Syria.

He said that military and security moves are doomed to failure and support of certain countries for terrorist groups have had no other outcome but heavy fatality and damage to infrastructure of Syria.

He added that in consultation with the Chinese officials there appeared consensus that should focus on further concentration on the political strategy.

"Iran and China also agreed that the peace plan presented by Bashar Al-Assad considered the political strategy, cessation of violence and border control as a realistic plan."

The official said that among other issues discussed with the Chinese officials were related to Bahrain.

Abdollahian said, "We are highly concerned that lethal chemical gases are used against people of Bahrain and human rights violations are growing."

"Necessary warnings have been issued to Bahrain rulers over recent months through international circles. We believe that alike Syria, the strategy in the country is merely political and must be directed toward national dialogue."