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Salehi criticizes the West doubled standards on the Crisis in Syria




TEHRAN,(ST)_ Iran ‘s  Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi renewed his country ‘s position, which  provides  for a political solution to the crisis in Syria through national dialogue between representatives of all  Syrian factions .

He criticized the  Western doubled- standard policy  in dealing with the issues in the  region especially events taking place in Syria.

"I criticize duplication and selectivity in the world ‘s  arrogant dealing with the crisis in Syria, where the solution can be made  through dialogue among the Syrians themselves, “ Salehi said  in a speech he delivered  before the world conference  for university professors  and Islamic awakening,  on Monday, in Tehran. 

The Iranian minister stressed his country's support to the options of the Syrian people, against the crimes of terrorist groups targeting the Syrian people .

"The terrorists  crimes are targeting the state and the Syrian people,” he said adding, “ these irresponsible  groups, regrettably,  receive  external support and blunder the Syrian human resources and structural capabilities.”

Salehi continued that "Iran has proposed a comprehensive project to the parties concerned as to get out of the crisis in Syria , based on  halting   violence and starting  national dialogue between all  Syrian factions."

He added  that his country believes in the necessity of non-interference in the internal affairs of States and  the right of peoples to self-determination.

He indicated that the  West intentionally distorts the true image of Islam in the region, stressing , "monitoring the western movement reveals that there are  hidden plots to distort the track of the Islamic Awakening .”

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Qatar and S. Arabia, Send Terrorists to Syria

TEHRAN (ST)- The Qatari government has been increasingly recruiting and dispatching terrorists to Syria, including several groups of Pakistani snipers, in what is deemed to be a tight rivalry with Saudi Arabia, sources said.

Qatar has recently started using its hefty gas revenues and its influential Al-Jazaeera TV network to empower its role in Syria, a source close to Qatar's ruling family said, adding that the country has started a vast and detailed plan to recruit, train and dispatch terrorists to Syria,according to FARS.

Since the onset of the crisis in Syria, Qatar has been recruiting Salafi terrorists from across the globe and dispatching them to Syria to take the lead in the country. Sending two separate groups of Pakistani terrorists to Syria has been the latest in a series of actions taken by the Qatari government to strengthen its affiliated terrorist groups in Syria, the source who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the information told FNA Saturday.

"The Qatari secret service has assembled two separate 67-member teams of terrorists from the Pakistani Balouchistan region and dispatched them to Syria via the Turkish borders in the last two weeks," he explained.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey along with the US, have been supporting terrorists and rebel groups in Syria and have practically brought a UN peace initiative into failure .

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the terrorist groups  in Syria battling government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.


Protesters clash with army in Cairo

Egyptian opposition protesters have broken through a barricade erected by security forces to prevent them reaching Cairo's presidential palace.

Thousands had marched on the palace in the capital after rejecting a call for dialogue by President Mohammed Morsi.

The opposition said the president had offered no concession on his decision to expand his powers and put a new draft constitution to a referendum.

A senior official later said Morsi could postpone the vote.

Vice-President Mahmud Mekki said Morsi could delay the 15 December plebiscite if the opposition guaranteed it would not challenge the move on the grounds that referendums legally had to be held two weeks after being formally presented to the president.

In a separate development, the election commission postponed the planned voting for Egyptians living abroad.

It said the voting - had been due to begin on Saturday - would now begin on Wednesday at the request of the foreign ministry.

Earlier on Friday, supporters of Morsi held their own march in the capital.

They vowed vengeance at a funeral for men killed in clashes earlier in the week.

However, opponents of the president gathered near the presidential palace. Some cut through barbed wire and surged up to the walls of the palace, Reuters news agency reported.

The president has been under fire over a decree he issued last month granting himself new powers.

The main opposition movement, the National Salvation Front, said it would not take part in talks Mr Morsi had offered to hold on Saturday, in an effort to resolve the spiraling crisis.

Nobel prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, the movement's chief co-ordinator, posted a message on his Twitter account calling on political groups to shun all dialogue with Mr Morsi.

"We [want] a dialogue not based on an arm-twisting policy and imposing fait accompli," his message read.

Two other opposition groups, the liberal Wafd party and the National Association for Change, said they were also boycotting the talks.

The president angered his opponents on Thursday when he refused in a televised statement to withdraw his new powers and delay a referendum on Egypt's draft constitution.

Earlier this week the presidential palace was the scene of bloody clashes, in which five people died and hundreds were injured.

Late on Thursday, opposition supporters ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters and set it on fire.

On Friday rival protesters between supporters and opponents of the president were reported in a number of Egyptian cities, including Alexandria in the north and Asyut in the south.

Morsi confirmed that the referendum on a new constitution would go ahead as planned, saying that if the constitution were voted down, another constituent assembly would be formed to write a new draft.


Syria does not let irresponsive armed groups to use chemical,says Abdollahian

Tehran,(ST)- Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Countries Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said here Friday Syrian Government does not allow irresponsive armed groups which are backed by foreigners to probably use chemical weapons.

Rejecting claims on use of chemical weapons by Syrian government, he said those responsible for the killing of the Syrian innocent people talk of the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which suggests that they harbor vicious objectives.

Amir-Abdollahian also dismissed reports that Syria might have plans to use chemical weapons during the ongoing crisis in the country, saying that certain countries bring up such allegations to achieve their vicious objectives ,according to IRNA.

He reiterated that Syria will neither use chemical weapons nor allow foreign-backed irresponsive armed groups to possibly use such weapons.

'Certain parties send weapons into Syria and allege Syria that it might use chemical weapons in a bid to pursue specific objectives, the foreign ministry official added.

Condemning some terrorists' actions in Syria which have led to the killing and injuring of Syrian resistant and awakened people, officials and even opposition members, Amir-Abdollahian said that some people are considering themselves above the United Nations and its especial mediator's plan in Syrian affairs and do their utmost to hastily impose their own will against the others.

Amir-Abdollahian at the end warned that foreign interference would further endanger the security in those countries and that the Middle East regional affairs could jeopardize the entire regional, and even the international security.


barriers at Cairo presidential palace

The Egyptian army has set up barricades outside the presidential palace, after ordering protesters to leave the area.

It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured.

Most protesters left the palace by the 15:00 (13:00 GMT) deadline, though some opposition activists remained,according to BBC.

Meanwhile, Egypt's top Islamic body has called on the president to suspend his decree claiming sweeping powers.

The president adopted new powers in the decree on 22 November, and stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions.

Morsi, who narrowly won Egypt's first free presidential election in June, says he will give up his new powers once a new constitution is ratified.

But there is also controversy over the proposed constitution. Critics say the draft was rushed through parliament without proper consultation and does not do enough to protect political and religious freedoms and the rights of women.

Four of his advisers resigned on Wednesday - three others did so last week and the official Mena news agency reported a further resignation on Thursday.

The UN's human rights chief, Navi Pillay has urged respect for the right to peaceful protest.

"The current government came to power on the back of similar protests and so should be particularly sensitive to the need to protect protesters' rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," Reuters quoted her as saying.

Tanks and armoured troop carriers were deployed outside the presidential palace on Thursday morning following the overnight clashes between the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood supporters and his mainly secular opponents.

Opposition Al-Wafd newspaper: "What the Muslim Brotherhood is doing in Egypt in the present enjoys no support but that of its followers and the terrorist groups who share the same ideology."

English-language Egyptian Gazette: Morsi's legacy may be one of "polarisation leading to civil war... Egypt will have a new constitution written by a minority of fanatics while the vast majority of Egyptians will have been marginalised".

The head of Egypt's Republican Guard said the forces had been sent there to separate the rival protesters.



The opposition has said it will continue to hold demonstrations.

"We are planning marches later today, most probably taking off from Tahrir Square, disregarding the Republican Guard's decision," said an unnamed member of the National Salvation Front, a recently formed group which has united some of the most prominent anti-Morsi figures.

"We had many injuries last night, and we are not going to have their blood wasted."