Iran condemns McCain visit to Syria

A file photo of the militants operating in Syria

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has condemned US Senator John McCain’s visit to Syria to meet with the foreign-backed militants, saying the measure is clear meddling in Syria internal affairs.

“The US senator’s illegal entry into Syria and his meeting with the commanders of the armed groups fighting the government of Syria is against American claims of seeking a political solution to the Syria crisis,” the Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

He went on to describe US antics as being indicative of its double-standard policies and disregard for international efforts for holding a conference in Geneva on the situation in Syria.

McCain, who advocates arming foreign-sponsored militants, crossed into Syria from Turkey on May 27 to meet with militant leaders in the Arab country.

On May 28, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said “We were aware, of course, that Senator McCain was going to make this trip,” adding, “And we look forward to speaking with Senator McCain upon his return to learn more about the trip.”

The Syria crisis began in mid-March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence. Several international human rights organizations say the foreign-sponsored militants have committed war crimes.

Reports show the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the Syria militants are foreign nationals.

On May 27, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels had reached an agreement to lift the arms embargo on militants in Syria but to maintain other sanctions on Syria.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria, stressing that inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections constitute the sole way to resolving the unrest in the Arab country.

Iran is also hosting the Friends of Syria Conference in the capital, Tehran, which is held under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability,” with the participation of representatives from 40 countries.

By Press TV


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