SNSC secretary outlines Iran's four-point plan for Syria peace
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Jan 16, IRNA -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani says that Iran's four-point plan for making a halt to the Syrian crisis has already been presented.
In his recent interview with the Tehran Foreign Policy Studies Quarterly, Shamkhani outlined Iran's four-point plan that included the immediate ceasefire, reform, formation of internal dialogue and holding of an all-inclusive election in Syria.
The fact that the US and certain other countries try to decide on Syria instead of the Syrian people or say who can or cannot be candidate for the Syrian presidency is all against the democratic principles and the rights of the nations to decide on their own fates, said Shamkhani.
Today, the US and some other countries including Saudi Arabia are trying to leave out Syria from the Resistance movement, Shamkhani noted, adding 'Democracy in Syria is much better than that of some regional countries supported by the US.'
Referring to the Syrian Army's victories in eastern Aleppo, Shamkhani said the liberation of Aleppo, cleaning the vicinity of Damascus (from terrorists) through military operations and achieving the political truce, all proved that the joint Iran-Syria-Russia strategy and Resistance movement have been successful in dealing with the US propaganda.
In addition, he said, liberation of Aleppo revealed to the public the secrets of direct foreign help to the terrorists, he went on to say.
He further underlined that the Syria war supported by the Western and Arab countries is like Iraq's imposed war on Iran in 1980-88.
In the eight-year war, he went on to say, the world with its all capacities stood by the then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein against Iran, very much like the coalition formed by 80 world states supporting the terrorist groups in Syria by providing weapons for them or training them.
The current disarray in the region has raised the countries' expenses and will add to the Zionist regime's achievements, Shamkhani stressed.
About Tehran's view on Damascus, the official said Iran within the framework of the Islamic Republic's strategy supports Syria and its President Bashar al Assad in order to safeguard the Resistance Movement and fight against terrorism.
The support will continue as long as the Syrian government needs, he further added.
Use of arms to ensure security is the governments' absolute rights, but use of weapons by the opposition groups is not affirmed by any country or any legal sources.
President Assad is so popular in Syria, Shamkhani said, noting, 'If the Westerners believe that the Syrian president does not have the public support, why are they concerned about his candidacy?'
Asked about the future of Syria, Shamkhani replied that the way of formation of the political process and agreement between different parties in Syria will decide Syria's fate.
All sides should simultaneously concentrate on the issues of the control of terrorism, cutting off the foreign help to the terrorists and the national dialogue, he said,
stressing that it would be the best way to stop the crisis in Syria and this has been what Iran has followed during the past years.
Talking of the Western plans on disintegrating the region, Shamkhani advised the countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia to decide whether they are for or against the integration of Syria and the Islamic countries. Is Riyadh immune from blazing the fire of integration in the region?
Despite some assumptions, Iran is not after fall of House of Saud, but willing to curb efforts to topple the Saudi rulers.
If being fallen down, Saudi Arabia would likely be disintegrated and Daesh extremist ideology would dominate main parts of that country, he underlined.
The Islamic Republic of Iran always stands against the extension of extremism and defends unity among the regional countries as the regional disintegration would pave the way for domination of the terrorist ideology over the Islamic lands, and this will be against the strategic interests of the World of Islam.
'Unfortunately, we're witnessing that the outcome of the Saudi rulers' regional policies on Syria and Yemen have practically strengthened the terrorist groups,' he concluded.
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