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Iran holds U.S., Britain responsible for killings in Syria: deputy FM


18:22, May 23, 2013

TEHRAN, May 23 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said the United States and Britain are responsible for the killings in Syria, Press TV reported Thursday.

"The United States and Britain have made numerous strategic mistakes in the region, including in Syria, and are considered responsible for the killing of the Syrian people," Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying.

The Iranian official also said the U.S. call for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down is a "mistake."

"(U.S. President) Mr. Obama cannot decide for the wise Syrian people on the future of the country," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced Tuesday that the Islamic republic will host a meeting on Syria crisis on May 29.

The previous meeting on Syria concluded in the Iranian capital of Tehran last November with the participants calling for a ceasefire and an end to the armed conflicts in the crisis-ridden country.

Iran has been the main regional ally of the Syrian government as its officials have repeatedly stressed Iran's support to a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

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