No more excuse for US to aid Takfiris: Iran official

A Syrian woman casts her ballot in the country’s presidential election on June 3, 2014 as others queue up at a polling station in Damascus.

The head of an Iranian delegation observing presidential election in Syria says the vote strips the US of any pretext to support Takfiri militants fighting the Damascus government.

“With this election, the Americans will no longer have any pretext to claim that they want to help the Syrian nation against the government of this country,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Syria’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Damascus on Tuesday.

“Today’s election in Syria is a firm response to all the crimes which have been committed by the United States and its regional and global allies over the past three years,” said Boroujerdi, who is Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis.

He said the Syrians are scoring a “big political success” by voting en masse in their country’s presidential election, adding that the West is “scared” by the firm determination of the Syrian nation.

Al-Laham, for his part, said that the Syrians people’s vote promises the end of crisis in the country.

Boroujerdi arrived in Damascus on Tuesday at the head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to monitor the important presidential poll in Syria.

The Iranian legislators are accompanied by parliamentary delegations from other countries, including the Philippines, Bolivia, Venezuela, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Eligible voters in Syria are heading to the polls to elect a president despite the foreign-backed militancy that has reportedly killed over 160,000 people since it erupted in the country in March 2011.

Incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is facing Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, a lawmaker from Aleppo, as well as Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri, a legislator from Damascus, in the presidential race.

The poll is being held in the government-controlled parts of the country.

By Press TV


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