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Leader’s aide: Foreign interference major cause of instability in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior adviser Ali Akbar Velayati deplored foreign meddling in Syria’s internal affairs as the root cause of instability and insecurity in the Muslim country.

“Foreign interference is the most influential underlying reason for failure in achieving stability and sustainable peace in Syria,” Velayati said in a meeting with German lawmaker and foreign policy spokesman of Germany’s Social-Democrat Party (SPD) Niles Annen in Tehran on Sunday.

He said today the Syrian government has been forced to confront terrorists and their foreign supporters from different countries.

“The first step for peace in Syria is the exit of foreign troops from that country and then other steps can be taken to achieve appropriate solutions based on people’s demands to establish peace and stability in that country,” Velayati said.

The Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior advisor noted that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group and the situation in Syria are the most important concerns of not just the region, but the entire world.

Elsewhere, Velayati pointed to the status quo of Iran-Germany relations, and said, “Iran and Germany have good and satisfactory relations and exchange of different delegations at different levels can help expand these ties.”

Last month, Velayati stated in his remarks that ISIL has been created by the West and Israel to pursue the western states’ interests in the region.

“ISIL has actually been created by the western colonial powers and the Zionists because whatever this terrorist group does runs counter to Islam and the rules of all Islamic sects,” Velayati said.

He said the Israeli regime can use the destruction of Muslim holy sites by ISIL as a justification for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Also last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described the ISIL terrorist group as just a branch of the Takfiri stream which has troubled the region, and said ISIL is serving the US and Israel’s interests.

Addressing the political and religious figures participating in the ‘International Congress on Takfiri Streams in the Eyes of the Islamic Ulema’ in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei described the Takfiri stream as a problem imposed by the arrogant powers on the region in line with the US and Israel’s interests, and said the Takfiri stream should be considered as a phenomenon beyond the ISIL as the terrorist group is only a branch of the Takfiri stream.

“The Takfiri stream and the governments which support it completely move in line with the goals of the arrogant powers, meaning the US, the hegemonic European governments and the Zionist regime, and are practically at their service under an Islamic disguise,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said diverting the Islamic Awakening is one of the goals pursued by the arrogant powers by supporting the Takfiri streams, and said, “The forefront of Muslims’ struggle in the region was focused on the occupied Palestine but the Takfiri stream changed this frontline and moved it into the streets and cities of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Libya and this is one of the Takfiri stream’s crimes which cannot be forgotten.”

He underlined that another instance for showing that the Takfiri stream is serving the US, Britain and the Zionist regime is that its supporters don’t even show a minimum opposition to the Zionist regime and even collaborate with the regime in fighting the Muslims.

The Supreme Leader described destruction of the Muslim states’ infrastructures as another instance of the Takfiri stream’s services to the enemies of Islam, and said the stream also took the world attention off the 51-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, leaving the Palestinian resistance groups and people alone in their defense against the Zionists’ aggression.

He stressed that the so-called US-led anti-ISIL coalition is nothing but a lie, and said the US airdrops of military equipment and weapons for the ISIL displays much of the truth.

He also underscored the Muslim Ulema’s responsibilities in the current situation, and said they should form a scientific, logical and pervasive campaign to uproot the Takfiri stream.

By Fars News Agency


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