Salihi Renews Iran's Support for Syrian Gov't, Nation

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi once again underlined Iran's continued support for the Syrian government and nation in their fight against foreign-backed terrorists.

"The Islamic Republic supports Syria's integrity, unity and sovereignty …," Salehi told the Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper on Monday.

The Iranian foreign minister said the Syrian government and opposition should hold talks in a bid to reach a political solution to the crisis in the country,according to FNA.

Salehi noted that Tehran is against any foreign interference in Syria's domestic affairs, stressing that Syrians should determine their own destiny.

Last week, Salehi said his recent tour of the regional states was aimed at preventing the spread of the Syrian crisis into the region, and added that the regional countries share Tehran's views on Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is in constant contact with different regional states to prevent the harmful aftermaths of some regional developments from spreading to the entire region," Salehi said on the sidelines of a conference dubbed as 'Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Great Prophet's (PBUH) Sirah (life and tradition)' in Tehran.

Salehi also said that during his trip to Damascus he had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to share the world and regional countries' views on the crisis in Syria, and said "good decisions were made" at the meeting.

Salehi ended his two-day tour of Jordan and Syria on Wednesday. The Iranian foreign minister, heading a high-ranking delegation, started a visit to Jordan and Syria last week to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments, the crisis in Syria in particular.


Car bomb explodes outside hospital in Libya's Benghazi

A car bomb that exploded on Monday in the parking lot of a Benghazi hospital killed at least 15 people and wounded 30, Libya's deputy interior minister said.

"Fifteen people have been killed and at least 30 were wounded in the explosion of a car bomb near the hospital," Abdullah Massoud said citing a preliminary toll.

The attack in Libya's second city struck in the car park of Al-Jala hospital, a security official told AFP earlier.


Iran, OIC Voice Common Position in Opposition to Military Intervention in Syria

TEHRAN (ST)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in a meeting in Jeddah underlined the necessity for preventing military intervention in Syria.

The meeting was held in Jeddah on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the OIC contact group on Mali, including the top diplomats of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.

During the meeting, the two officials stressed their opposition to the military intervention in Syria, the necessity for finding a political solution to the current crisis and stopping the conflict and bloodshed in the country.

The two sides also reiterated their concern over the activities of extremist groups in Syria.

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.

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

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries -has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.


Saudi Court to Try Peaceful Protestors in Qatif

A Saudi court in Qatif, Eastern Province, is due to try a number of residents of the city on charges of attending anti-regime protests.

The protestors and activists who are due to be tried in the Saudi court on Monday are 60 people aged between 20 and 45, and they are accused of attending illegal gatherings and writing "provoking" materials in social networks.

Saudi people stage anti-regime demonstrations in the town of Qatif almost on a daily basis, calling for the freedom of political detainees held in the kingdom's prisons.

The demonstrators shout slogans against the Al Saud ruling family and denounce the suppression of protests in the oil-rich province.

Activists say a large number of the political prisoners are being held by the Al Saud regime without trial or legitimate charges.

There have been numerous demonstrations in the oil-rich Eastern Province since February 2011, with protestors primarily calling for political reform and an end to widespread discrimination.

Anti-government protests intensified, however, since November 2011, when security forces opened fire on protestors in Qatif, killing five people and leaving scores more injured.

In October 2012, Amnesty International called on Saudi authorities to stop using excessive force against the protestors.


Iraq Calls for Regional Coordination to Eradicate Terrorism

  BAGHDAD,(ST)_ The Iraqi government on Sunday called for  regional coordination to confront terrorism and extremism which threaten the region , in the wake of the bombings that killed  or wounded more than 150 people in Rihaniyya city at the Syrian-Turkish border.

A statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, quoted by AFP said  "Such  crimes and widening of  terrorism circles  constitutes an additional incentive on the need for cooperation and coordination  of all countries, particularly countries in the region to root out terrorism and eradicate extremism and violence in all its forms."

On Saturday, Two booby trapped cars  exploded in front of the municipality and post office headquarters  of  Rihaniyya city,  southern Turkey, killing at least 46 people and injured other one hundred  . 

Relations between Iraq and the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey  witnessed many tensions, due to  Erdogan 's blatant interference in the internal affairs of Iraq and the countries of the region .

In recent months,  Information Office of the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, called on  Erdogan repeatedly to  "focus attention on addressing the internal situation of  his  country and not pushing Turkey in the problems of the region, "pointing out that such policy by Erdogan only  brings  troubles to Turkey and its people . 

T. Fateh