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Senior lawmaker: West’s meddling in Syria exacerbating regional terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the western countries’ meddling in Syria has caused a spread of terrorism and deteriorated the security conditions in the region.

“The spread of terrorism and security threats to the countries of the region and the world has been the dire outcome of the meddling of the western powers and their regional allies in Syria,” Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Head of Kazakh Parliament’s International, Defense and Security Affairs Committee Suolen Ashymbayev.

Boroujerdi pointed to the dispatch of weapons, military training of terrorists and sending extremist forces to Syria as among the cases of foreign meddling in Syria, and said, “Miscalculations of some regional countries, meddling of foreign countries and insistence on a military solution to the Syrian crisis has resulted in severe human tragedies in Syria.”

Ashymbayev, for his part, pointed to the Syrian crisis, and said that the Syrian crisis does not have a military solution and the bloodshed in Syria can only be resolved through diplomatic and political methods, including continuation of national dialogue.

Last month, Iranian Parliament Speaker’s top advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said the western states’ meddling in Syria is exacerbating the situation, stressing that the only way to stop bloodshed in the country is the start of national dialogue among all Syrian groups through cooperation and contribution of the regional actors.

“If foreign countries had not meddled in Syria, the country’s future would been very different. We seek the resolution of the Syrian issue within the region, since outsiders are pursuing their own interests,” Sheikholeslam pointed out.

Turning to the planned International Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria issue, Sheikholeslam stated that countries invited to the conference must agree to a truce and immediate negotiations between different sides in order to pave the way for next year’s national elections in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.

By Fars News Agency


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