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Iran dismisses West's allegations of interference in Syria, warns against western meddling

(Xinhua)

09:34, August 30, 2011

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran has dismissed on Monday West's claim that the Islamic Republic interferes in Syria's internal affairs and warned against any meddling by western countries in the Middle Eastern state.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast dismissed on Monday the allegation of the European Union (EU) that the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has interfered in Syria's internal affairs, the local ISNA news agency reported.

"The EU allegation on the IRGC's relation with the recent Syrian developments without handing any proof or document is unfounded and aims to put the blame on another country," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"As we have repeatedly stressed, the Syrian regime and nation enjoy enough political and social maturity and are capable to resolve their own problems," he said, adding that "the Islamic Republic respects sovereignty of all countries and denies any claim on its interference in Syrian internal affairs."

On Wednesday, reports said the EU had frozen the assets of Qods Force affiliated to IRGC for its role in providing technical assistance, equipment and support to the Syrian security forces' actions on protests.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said the United States and Israel plot to trigger a war in Syria has failed, the local satellite Press TV reported Monday.

"A plan by the American-Zionism axis aimed at creating a sectarian war in Syria is defeated," Amirabdollahian was quoted as saying.

He called on "the people of Syria (to) pursue their legitimate demands through democratic way and believe in the reforms plan of (President) Bashar al-Assad."

The Syrian nation is proud of its "presence in the front line of resistance and support of the oppressed people of Palestine," he added.

On Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that NATO would get bogged down in a quagmire if it launched a military campaign against Syria.

"NATO will be drawn into a quagmire, which it will never be able to extricate itself from," Salehi was quoted as saying by local Mehr news agency.

"Syria is in the forefront of resistance in the Middle East, and NATO cannot threaten this country with attack," he added.

On Saturday, Salehi warned against "dire consequences of change in Syria's government," according to Press TV.

Syria has highly-sensitive neighbors and therefore (any) change in Syria will not bring good influence to anyone and can create a serious regional crisis which could spread beyond the region, Salehi said.

Salehi urged governments in the region, especially Syria, to be responsive to the legitimate demands of their nations, and warned them against the interference of foreign countries in their internal affairs, according to the report.

"We believe developments in the regional countries stem from dissatisfaction and unhappiness among the people," he added.

He said Washington's demand for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "insolent" and against international conventions.

U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month urged Bashar al- Assad to step down.

"Syria is an independent country. International conventions do not allow (other) countries to adopt an interfering stance towards another country," Salehi was quoted by Press TV as saying.

"The U.S. still considers itself the world's police," Salehi said.

Syria has been in unrest since mid-March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spread to other cities.

The Syrian authorities blamed the unrest on "armed groups and foreign conspiracy," and stressed that it would track down gunmen who have intimidated the people and damaged public and private properties.

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