Leader’s aide: Iran not to leave Assad, Abadi, resistance front alone

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top Adviser for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that Tehran will continue support for the Syrian and Iraqi governments as well as the resistance fronts in Lebanon and Palestine.

Iran has succeeded in aborting the US plots in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq by increasing necessary support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad with the help of the Hezbollah of Lebanon and the Iraqi forces, Velayati said in an interview with the Lebanese daily Al-Safir.

He stressed that Tehran would never give up support for President Assad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the resistance movements in Lebanon and Palestine.

Although the current situation in the region is not acceptable, Iran is optimistic about a better future, Velayati added.

Today, Iran has become a great country with a strong military and security power that would prevent all from even daring to think of an attack against the country, he said.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Velayati reiterated that Tehran would never endorse any plan that ignores the current Syrian government.

“We cannot leave the political scene but our presence on the political scene and holding negotiations doesn’t mean withdrawing from our pre-stated goals,” Velayati told reporters in Tehran.

Asked if Iran’s presence in the Vienna II conference on Syria means the country’s retreat from its positions, he stressed, “No, not at all.”

Underlying that Iran just accepts those plans that are endorsed by the Syrian nation and government, Velayati said, “We are opposed to any plan that seeks to ignore the current Syrian government that has defended its people’s rights against the terrorists for several years.”

Also last Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian who was in Vienna to participate in a conference on Syria underscored that merely the Syrian people have the right to decide their future.

“We want to reiterate that the countries (participating in the Vienna talks) are not to decide about the political future of Syria in the Vienna conference and it is only and this is only the Syrian people’s right (to decide their own fate),” Amir Abdollahian told reporters in Vienna on November 14.

“We all try to pave the ground for the Syrian people to decide the political future of their country and succeed in fighting against terrorism too,” he added.

Amir Abdollahian underscored that the Vienna conference should send a strong message to the world and make effective decisions to fight against terrorism.

Also on the same day, Amir Abdollahian blamed certain countries’ double-standard approach on terrorism for the bitter incidents in the region and the world.

“These horrible incidents prove that double-standard behaviors and dividing terrorism into good and bad has bitter consequences for the entire region and the world and no country benefits from the growth of terrorism,” Amir Abdollahian said in a trilateral meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and presidential envoy for the Middle-East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura on the sidelines of the Vienna II conference in Vienna.

He also underlined the necessity for concentration of the Vienna II conference on firm and effective fight against terrorism and sending a strong message in this regard.

The Vienna II conference on Syria was held in the Austrian capital on November 14.

The conference came as a series of terrorist attacks in Lebanon and France last Thursday and Friday took the lives of nearly 200 innocent people.

The first round of fresh talks on Syria was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna on October 30. Senior diplomats from a number of countries, including Iran, as well as envoys from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) were present in the event.

The participants agreed on respecting Syria’s national unity and sovereignty as well as eradicating the terrorist groups operating in the Arab country.

It was the first time that Iran was invited to the talks. Iran was not invited to the first Geneva conference, and while the country primarily received an invitation to take part in the second Geneva conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later rescinded the invitation under pressure from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition.

By Fars News Agency