Syria-Turkey conflict to benefit west: Iranian lawmaker

By Xinhua

TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — A senior Iranian lawmaker said Friday that military conflict between Syria and Turkey will drag the two countries into a war that will only benefit the West, Press TV Hossein Sobhaninia, a member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Western countries have failed in their efforts to change the Syrian government and now seek to intensify regional problems and preoccupy Syria with external problems “to prepare the grounds for bombings and massacres and create insecurity,” according to Press TV.

“Such conflicts are definitely not what (the Turkish) people want and will inflict damages on both sides,” Sobhaninia was quoted as saying.

Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Friday that the United States is seeking to use neighboring states against crisis- stricken Syria, Press TV reported.

The United States sees military intervention as the only solution to the Syrian crisis and wants Turkey to be involved in the American war game, said Naqavi-Hosseini.

Turkey is still putting pressure on Syria by authorizing the government to launch cross-border military operation and reinforcing military buildup in the border region between the two countries.

Turkish Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel vowed Wednesday to give a harsher response if shelling from Syria spills over the border after last week’s deadly incident which left five Turks dead in a border town.


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