Boroujerdi: Dialogue the Only Way to Resolve the Crisis in Syria




TEHRAN, (ST) - Chairman of the National and Security Committee on Foreign Policy in the Iranian Shura Council Alaeddin Boroujerdi has confirmed that dialogue between all parties in Syria is the only way to resolve the crisis.

During a meeting held yesterday with the former Iraqi Oil Minister, Ibrahim Bahraluloum,  Boroujerdi pointed out that  the relations between Iran and Iraq have  common historical, cultural and religious roots .

In this context,  Boroujerdi emphasized that the closer parliamentary ties between the two sides can convey the bilateral relations to a new stage.

For his part,  Bhraluloum said that it is necessary for cooperation among the countries of the region to prevent the widening of the scope of the crisis in Syria to the countries of the region.

With regard to his country's relations with Iran, the Iraqi minister said: "All the political currents in Iraq expressed the need to develop their relations with Iran".






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.


Mehmanparast: U.S, West shouldn't be allowed to interfere in regional issues

TEHRAN, (ST) - America and Western countries should not be allowed to interfere in regional issues, said Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

 In a press conference in the Turkish city of Erzurum on Saturday, Mehmanparast answered a question on Iran's reaction to Turkey and NATO interference in Syria saying if the Syrian crisis intensifies and the western countries interfere, the conflicts will not be limited to Syria as the Middle East is in a very sensitive situation.

The spokesman asked how come the US government pretends to support the people of the region while considering military interference in Syria.

Mehmanparast criticized the West's support for armed terrorist groups in Syria, reiterating that military intervention is not the right choice to settle the crisis in the country.

He told journalists that western countries and armed terrorist groups in Syria oppose free election, because they know that majority of people do not support them in such an election.

Concerning developments in Bahrain, the spokesman said "we support free elections in Bahrain based on equality and justice," pointing out that elections in this country are not fair which caused protests.

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Iran: NATO plan to deploy Patriot missiles harmful to Turkey




Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has warned that the deployment of NATO’s advanced surface-to-air Patriot missiles along the Turkish border with Syria would be detrimental to Turkey.

 “The deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey will play no role in [maintaining] Turkey’s security and this will be harmful to Turkey,” Vahidi said on Saturday.

He added that the presence of Western foreign forces in Muslim countries has always caused problems and conflict among them.

The Iranian minister emphasized that Western countries have always sought to guarantee their own interests and said “We are against the presence of Western countries in regional interactions.”

All the six Patriot batteries, which will be under NATO command and control, are scheduled to be operational near the Turkish-Syria border by the end of January 2013.

The US, the Netherlands and Germany have agreed to send two missile batteries each to Turkey along with around 400 troops from each country to operate the systems.





Turkish lawmaker: Taliban Militants use Turkey to Infiltrate into Syria

The leader of the Turkish Democratic Party says 10,000 Taliban militants have been using a camp in Turkey to infiltrate into Syria via the two countries’ common border.

Namik Kemal Zeybek recently said that the Taliban militants were using a refugee camp in Turkey’s Hatay (Alexandretta)  Province on the border with Syria as their base. The militants infiltrate into Syria and attack Syrian targets and then return to the base, he noted.

Turkey’s border is widely believed to be used to transfer foreign militants and weapons into Syria.

In July, Turkish lawmaker Refik Er-Yilmaz said that many CIA and Mossad agents were in Hatay, and that the spies carry various types of identification.

The Turkish government also recently secured NATO’s approval for the deployment of surface-to-air Patriot missiles on its border with Syria.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.