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Larijani: Enemies plan to create more troubles in Syria

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with visiting Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov said regional and trans-regional enemies are planning to create more troubles in Syria.

Larijani stressed that the status quo requires continued cooperation and extensive consultations between Tehran and Moscow.

Referring to Iran-Russia age-old friendly relations, he called for continuation of mutual cooperation and consultations between the two countries.

He said Iran and Russia, both, have common interests and concerns, calling for expansion of mutual cooperation in the campaign against drug trafficking at the regional and international levels.

Larijani also emphasized the need for fostering trade ties as well as military and industrial cooperation with Moscow, adding Iranian parliament supports expansion of long-lasting relations with Russia in the area of economy, trade and industry.

Umakhanov, for his part, described Iran as a vital country in the region, adding a bright future awaits mutual relations given Iran-Russia deep-rooted friendship.

He said Russia and Iran share close stance on regional and global developments, voicing Russia's unchangeable support for the Iranian nation's rights.

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MP: Any military action against Damascus will not be limited to Syria

Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Broujerdi said Zionist regime officials fully understand that any military action against Damascus will not be limited to Syria but it will trigger an all-out war in the region.

Making the remark in a press conference to outline the achievements of his recent visit to Syria, he said that given the failure of the Zionist regime in its last wars against Hizbullah it has no energy to engage itself in another one presently.

Stressing that Syria is in the focal point of resistance against the Zionist regime, he said the US and its allies are mobilizing all their financial and political sources to transform its political structure in order to benefit the Zionist regime.

Broujerdi stated that the US and a number of western countries, contrary to all their claims of fighting terrorism, are dispatching armed terrorists from 23 world countries to massacre the Syrian nation and destroy its infrastructures.

He said attempts to ruin Syria’s infrastructures especially the military ones proves the Zionist regime's direct involvement in war there.

He reiterated that the US has recently opened a new front against Syria along the Jordanian border to provide training and arms to terrorists, adding that opening a new war front indicates that the US feels defeated in changing political system in that country.

Turning to a recent meeting called “friends of Syria” in Turkey, he said it hosted enemies of Syria with only 11 countries participating in it instead of the previous 100. Such a move indicates the gradual decline of the support for anti-Syria forces worldwide, he added.

Asked to comment on ways Iran and Russia are supporting the Syrian government, he said given the fact the Syrian crisis mainly includes terrorist operations and street wars, the capacity and potential of Syrian army is untouched yet so the country is practically in no need of military aid by other countries.

The parliamentarian dismissed claims of military support of Iran and Russia for Syria as a propaganda war and said the US is fabricating such news to justify its own failures.

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Al-Nusra Front is a US Product – Salehi

 TEHRAN, (ST) _Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, that the US  raises sedition and conflict in the region and is the founder of   a Taliban  movement and al-Qaeda organization there.

On the sideline, of the 32nd  meeting of the Working Group for drafting a law  on  the Caspian Sea, held on Tuesday in Tehran, Salehi added : " al-Nusra front which is very  active in Syria is the product of the US  security  and spying centers ," noting that the  " front " exercised a big deal of acts of violence that pushed  the Zionist entity to break its  silence , of  fears  that al-Nusra front activities will be  directed against it .

He described  "the term" al-Qaeda Iran " as a new fabrication" ,  pointing out that it is ironic that the Canadian police  claimed arresting  two persons linked to al Qaeda Iran and expressed hope that the  Canadian officials  to think rationally and to honor feelings of world 's peoples  and world's public opinion . " 

He continued that the US  is preoccupied with marketing its weapons in the region in order to achieve set objectives , while , Iran , during  the past years made efforts for the  region 's stability and peace. 

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Participants in Islamic Awakening Conference Likely to Set Up Contact Group on Syria

The participants in the 'Muslim Ulema (religious scholars) and Islamic Awakening' conference in Iran are likely to set up a contact group on Syria, Secretary of the conference Hojjatoleslam Ali Karimian announced Tuesday, saying that the crisis in Syria is one of the main topics of discussions at the gathering.

"One of the issues always discussed in the previous meetings was the crisis in Syria about which the pros and cons presented their ideas," Karimian said in a press conference in Tehran today,according to FNA.

"The Syrian issue will be studied in the upcoming conference in which different spectra and tastes are present," he added, and continued, "Thus, a contact group will be formed on Syria if the participants, of course, decide so."

The Muslim Ulema and Islamic Awakening conference is slated to be held here in Tehran from April 29 to 30.

A total of 500 foreign and 200 Iranian Ulema will attend the conference next week.

The Islamic awakening in Muslim countries and the role of Muslim Ulema is among the topics to be discussed in the two-day conference.

Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has been the scene of Islamic awakening. The Muslim world witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979.

Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Libya was the third country touched by the Islamic Awakening. Libyans also embraced victory after months of bloody campaign against the country's dictator, Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

Unlike the popular protests in other Arab countries of the region Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

 

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies sought hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple the Syrian government which is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.

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FM Dismisses Alleged Al-Qaeda Activity in Iran as "Ridiculous"

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi categorically denied claims about Al-Qaeda activity in Iran, stressing that such allegations are "ridiculous".

Police in Canada claimed Monday that two men suspected of plotting to derail a passenger train were guided by Al Qaeda elements in Iran, but it did not any evidence to substantiate the claim,according to FNA.

The Canadian police said there was no reason to believe that the plotted attacks were sponsored by any state, which would mean the Iranian government was not involved. Police provided no further details regarding the alleged involvement of Al Qaeda elements in Iran in the plot.

In reply, Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting on the Caspian Sea legal regime here in Tehran that assertions about al-Qaeda activity in Iran are "the most ridiculous claim" he has ever heard.

"Al-Qaeda in Iran, it is a sheer lie, a scandalous lie that surprised me," Salehi said, and asked the Canadian government to respect the public opinion's power of wisdom and understanding.

Meantime, the statement surprised many experts who study terrorism in the Middle East.

"It frankly doesn't compute for me," Los Angeles times quoted Barbara Slavin, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, as saying. "If there is any link, I would think it was extremely tangential."

Iran and al-Qaeda have frequently had chilly relations, according to Slavin and other experts, the report added.

In Syria, Al-Qaeda has jumped into the fray alongside opposition fighters .Iran has also held al-Qaeda members in the country under house arrest, monitoring their activities, the US daily added.

The daily added that documents confiscated from Osama bin Laden's hide-out in Pakistan and released last year suggested discord between the two.

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