Iran: Supporters of Syrian Nation Should Pay Heed to Assad's Peace Plan


TEHRAN (ST)- A senior Iranian official stressed that any country which claims to be advocate of the progress and well-being of the Syrian nation should support President Bashar al-Assad's peace initiative.

Senior Presidential Advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in Tehran on Sunday.

He said that Assad's peace plan matches the six-point peace plan the Islamic Republic unveiled recently.

On Sunday, Assad voiced his readiness for dialogue with the opposition and political parties in Syria. The Syrian leader also proposed general elections, adoption of a new constitution as well as a national reconciliation conference.

"The Syrian president's new initiative clears the way for a stronger presence by Syria in politics and in resolving (ongoing) problems, and I believe that anyone who claims to be a supporter of the Syrian nation and its progress must support this plan," Samareh Hashemi stated.


Erdogan Questioned by Supporting armed groups in Syria

The Turkish Republican People's Party demanded today questioning Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Parliament due to the presence of Turkish officials providing assistance to armed groups in Syria.

The MP for that party to the legislature, Bidar Lutfi filed a parliamentary questioning note, whose content was released by media today,according to Prensa Latina.

The text requires that Erdogan and Davutoglu clarify the role of Turkish officers in the conflict, for their assistance to what so-called" Free Syrian Army " and explain news about the arrest of several Turkish soldiers in Syria.

Several reports substantiate the arrest of two senior officials by Damascus authorities, and several of our intelligence agents, the note said.

They should be asked about how those officers came to Syria, if they were cooperating with the terrorist network Al Qaeda and whether the Turkish armed forces carried out covert operations in the neighboring country, the document claimed.

Press reports show that Turkey, bordering with Syria, is one of the countries in the region that supports irregular groups fighting the Syrian government, through financial and logistical assistance, and allowing the passage of mercenaries to that nation.


Installation of the Patriot system in Turkey in line with defending zionist entity ,says Mehmanparast

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman stated that the installation of the Patriot missile system in Turkish soil is in line with defending "Israel".

In an interview with Al-Manar news channel, Ramin Mehmanparast, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the installation of NATO missile defense system in Turkish soil,according to MNA.

 “Iran believes that Western countries and NATO have set up the system in Turkey to protect the Zionist regime; so that in the case of an Israeli adventurism against Iran and Iran’s reaction, Western countries would use the missile system to defend "Israel",” he added.



Ahmadinejad Discusses Chavez's Health Conditions over Phone




TEHRAN, (ST)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a telephone call with Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolas Maduro discussed the latest health conditions of President Hugo Chavez.

During the phone conversation  Maduro informed President Ahmadinejad about the latest medical treatments and health status of President Chavez.

Last month, Iran expressed pleasure over  the successful surgery on President Chavez.

In a message to Maduro  , Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi voiced Tehran's satisfaction with the successful surgery of President Chavez.

Salehi also renewed Tehran's commitment to the friendly bonds between the two countries, and wished prosperity for the government  and great nation of Venezuela.

Last month, Maduro said surgeons in Cuba have successfully operated on President Chavez to eliminate cancerous tissue.

It was the president's fourth cancer-related operation since June 2011. The Iranian president wished for Chavez's immediate recovery.





Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi:Iran stands with Syrian Govt. and Nation




 Beirut-Iran ambassador to Beirut has said that Islamic Republic of Iran has moved parallel to the majority demand for reform by President Bashar al-Assad and stands with Syrian nation and government.

According to Mehr News Agency, (MNA), Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi, Iranian ambassador to Lebanon met with Michael Kassarji, chief of the Lebanese Chaldeans.

Michael Kassarji, chief of the Lebanese Chaldeans stressed the need for peaceful coexistence of believers of all religions and sects in Lebanon and the region and said that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is a great state with special consideration of groups, especially in Lebanon, and it has kept good relations with all sides.”

He also appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Chaldean Christians and their activities across the country. Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon congratulated the Lebanese Christians on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ and the Christian New Year and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s principle policy is supporting the underprivileged and righteous globally.

“Supporting the underprivileged and righteous has not been limited to a specific religion or sect. Based on the law and Islamic teachings, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers it as its duty to help spread equality regionally and globally,” he added, evaluating Islamic Republic support for Syria in the same framework.

“Similarly in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran moves parallel to the majority demand for reform by President Bashar al-Assad and stands with the Syrian nation and government,” he asserted.