Arab League stance on Syria deepens crisis: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says the Arab League’s latest position on the ongoing developments in Syria will deepen the crisis in the Arab country.

“The Arab League [adopting this] position before the official announcement of the United Nations inspectors’ report shows that it (the decision) is politically-motivated and a pre-determined judgment,” Afkham said.

She added that such a position has been adopted to exert more pressure on the Syrian government.

The Arab League on Sunday called on the international community to take “deterrent” action against the culprits of a chemical attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus, last month.

The final resolution passed by an Arab League meeting in Cairo holds the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad “responsible” for the chemical attack and urges the United Nations and international community to “assume their responsibilities in line with the UN Charter and international law by taking the necessary deterrent measures.”

The Iranian spokesperson further warned that provocation to and encouragement for the use of force would be “dangerous” and emphasized that any possible military offensive against Syria would engulf the entire Middle East region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that remarks and measures must focus on preventing the spread of the crisis and the region from entering into a phase for which no end is imaginable,” Afkham stated.

She stressed the importance of adopting a “political approach” to resolving the crisis and called for countering organized terrorism and terrorist groups which are supported by certain countries.

The call for military strike against Syria intensified after the Takfiri militants and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition accused the government of President Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus, which killed hundreds of Syrians.

The Syrian government has vehemently rejected the claims, saying the attack was carried out by the militants to draw in military intervention.

US President Barack Obama delayed an imminent military strike against Syria on August 31 to seek approval for the move from Congress, which will debate the issue when lawmakers return from recess on September 9. The Obama administration has, however, said it “has the right” to attack Syria even if the Congress does not approve the measure.

In a letter to Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on Monday, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari asked the body to prevent any US-led aggression against it.

By Press TV


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