Larijani Raps Certain Regional States for Brokering War against Syria

TEHRAN-Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at certain regional states for encouraging warmongering policies and brokering war on Syria,according to FNA.

"Certain regional states have promised the US that they will pay the costs of military operations (against Syria)," Larijani said, addressing the parliament in Tehran on Sunday.

He said that cooperation between a regional Islamic state with the Zionist regime and the US against Syria is painful and saddening, and added, "That country (Saudi Arabia) has become the dealer and broker of the US warmongering."

"The root cause of the Islamic Ummah's problems and backwardness should be searched in such hypocritical and unfair moves," Larijani said.

In a recent article for Business Insider, reporter Geoffrey Ingersoll highlighted Saudi Prince Bandar’s role in the two-and-a-half year Syrian civil war. Many observers believe Bandar, with his close ties to Washington, has been at the very heart of the push for war by the US against the Syrian government.


Egypt,West Asia oppose strikes on Syria

A groundswell of opposition is building up in West Asia against a unilateral western military strike on Syria, undermining legitimacy for the use of force in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons last week on the outskirts of Damascus,according to the Hindu.

The United Nations and the Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi stressed on Wednesday that a military strike in the absence of a clear sanction from the UN Security Council would be illegal as it would violate international law. The veteran Algerian diplomat said in Geneva, “International law says that any military action must be taken after Security Council approval has been taken.” However, the chances of a Security Council endorsement are remote as Russia and China seem set to veto any resolution permitting the use of force against the Syrian government.

As the momentum for an attack seemed to gather strength, regional heavyweight Egypt weighed in sharply on Wednesday, with a firm rejection of military intervention in Syria.

Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy asserted, “Egypt rejects military intervention in Syria, as we believe a political solution is the only way out for the crisis there. Egypt supports the Geneva-2 talks.” By referring to the Geneva process, Egypt appeared to have aligned its position with that of Russia and China, which remain the most outspoken advocates of the commencement of diplomacy to resolve the crisis in Syria.


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.