Iran to Send Parliamentary Delegation to Syria

TEHRAN - A delegation of senior Iranian parliamentarians is slated to embark on a visit to Syria on Saturday to study the latest developments in Syria, a senior lawmaker announced on Wednesday,according to FNA.

“This visit to take place next Saturday will be aimed at studying Syria’s conditions and showing support for the Syrian government and nation after the recent US threats,” Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA today.

“A delegation comprising the chairman and members of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission will travel to Syria Saturday with a study of Syria’s status quo on its agenda,” he added.

Naqavi Hosseini explained that the delegation will be headed by Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi who will be accompanied by two other senior lawmakers, Seyed Fathollah Hosseini and Javad Karimi Qodousi.

Iran and Syria have forged an alliance ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the two countries' officials exchange visits on regular basis.

The two countries enjoy strategic relations in a wide variety of fields.

Last November, Iran hosted a meeting between the representatives of the Syrian government and "opposition" to encourage them to start talks to find a political solution to their problems. The National Dialogue Conference kicked off work in Tehran mid-November with the motto of 'No to Violence, Yes to Democracy".


Rouhani Warns of Regional, Global Repercussions of Adventurism in Middle-East

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the dire consequences of foreign military intervention in Syria, saying that such a move will have large-scale repercussions for the entire region.

"The world people, especially the people of the Middle-East region, do not accept a new war, and any adventurism in the region will pose irreparable dangers to the stability of the region and the world and will merely lead to the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region," Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He cautioned that the US and its allies' threats to use force against Syria are a flagrant violation of international undertakings, stability and security.

Rouhani said it seems that a group of people are trying to divert the world public opinion from the realities in Syria and misuse the savage use of chemical weapons against the Syrian civilians as a pretext to impose their dangerous views.

He called on the UN inspectors to carry out unbiased investigations to identify the culprits behind the chemical weapons use in Syria, and said, "Each and every measure should be taken with respect to the sensitive situation of the region, rapid ending of the internal crisis, and prevention of extremism in the region and in the framework of the international rules and regulations."

Western countries, including the United States, are allegedly considering a military invasion of Syria under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons in the country.

Russia has presented the UN Security Council with documents proving that the rebels have conducted the latest chemical attack which took place on August 21.

The US regional allies have recently increased their anti-Syrian government  efforts. Saudi National Security Council Secretary and Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has recently had a secret meeting with UK’s MI6 Director Sir Robert John Sawers to brief him on Riyadh’s support for the terrorists  fighting the Syrian government in Syria, sources disclosed on Sunday.

"At the meeting, the Saudi intelligence chief briefed Sawers on Riyadh's latest moves on Syria, including the supply of over 400 tons of weapons to the terrorists   in Syria via Turkey," an informed source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information, told FNA.


Thousands to Protest in London, Edinburgh Today to Protest at Military Action against Syria

TEHRAN - The Stop the War Coalition, originating from the UK, has announced that they will protest in London today to show their outrage at the western plans for military action in Syria,according to FNA.

Additionally, there will be an Edinburgh Stop the War demonstration. This is to take place today on the East side of Princes Street in the capital of Scotland at 5:30 pm local time. Campaigners said that demonstrations across the British Isles are beginning to be organized.

The Coalition group has made their message clear. "Britain, France and the US are committing to another disastrous military intervention. Apart from the inevitable casualties, any attack on Syria can only inflame an already disastrous civil war and would risk pulling in regional powers further."

"Most people in this country have learnt from the disasters of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.” A poll from Sunday stated that just nine percent of the British public would be in favor of troops being shipped off to Syria, while 16 percent would support giving more arms to the area.

"Our politicians, however, have learnt nothing. We need the maximum level of protest to stop them plunging us in to yet another catastrophic war." The group also claims there will be another demonstration which will be held over the weekend.


Iran Warns Turkey to Stay Away from War on Syria


TEHRAN - The Iranian foreign ministry cautioned Turkey and other regional states against the repercussions of joining any future war on Syria, saying such a move will merely serve the interests of the Zionist regime,according to FNA.

Speaking to reporters during a weekly press conference here in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi asked the regional states and "Turkish friends" to "be careful about what is going on in Syria as any attack against that country will serve the interests of the Zionist regime".

"The entire region should keep vigilant and don't allow further spread of the crisis by indigested measures," he added.

Earlier reports said that Ankara has sent 400 tons of arms supplied by some Gulf states to" militants" in Syria to bolster their fight against the Syrian government.

"Twenty trailers crossed from Turkey and are being distributed to arms depots for several brigades across the North," said Mohammad Salam, a terrorist operative who witnessed the crossing from an undisclosed location in Hatay.

The delivery is being called the single biggest weapons cache to reach the terrorists  since the unrest began two years ago.


Occupation forces kill three Palestinians

Three Palestinians have been killed by the  Israeli occupation forces in Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, according to BBC.

Nineteen Palestinians were wounded in the confrontation, Palestinian medical sources said.

Palestinian medics said all those killed were hit by live gunfire.

Palestinian sources named the dead as Rubeen Abed Fares, 30; Yunis Jahjouh, 22; and Jihad Aslan, 20. They said Fares and Jahjouh were both shot in the chest, and that Aslan had died of brain damage.

Palestinians cancelled a session of peace talks with "Israel" which were due to take place on Monday, in response to the killings, unnamed Palestinian sources said.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah condemned the killings, saying "such a crime proves the need for an urgent and effective international protection for our people".