Iranian, Filipino FMs confer on regional issues

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Filipino foreign ministers, in a phone conversation, discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly the crisis in Syria.

In the phone call with his Filipino counterpart Albert del Rosario, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the West of the grave consequences of the military intervention in Syria, stressing that resorting to force is totally illegal and disruptive to international security and peace and will deepen crisis in the Middle-East.

Rosario, informed about the current sensitive situation in the Middle-East and necessity of examining all aspects of the existing problems, asked for continuation of political consultations between the two countries to that end.

On Saturday, Member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Hassan Asafari warned that a US military strike against Syria would definitely bring about “very bad consequences” for regional countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The US should know that it will not benefit from military action against Syria, Asafari said, adding that Israel will be the first victim of a potential war against Syria.

The US and other western countries have adopted the rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus.

The call for military strike intensified after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed on August 21 that hundreds had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. The Syrian government has strongly denied the claim, accusing the militants of the attack.

By Fars News Agency


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