Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major-General, Hassan Fairouz Abadi, stressed on Saturday that the US and the Zionist Entity are playing a crucial role in the aggression against Syria, while the others are being used just as tools.
In a statement, Fairouz Abadi said that the situation in Syria has been calm in the beginning and after the events in Egypt, a plot has been orchestrated against Syria and similar communities.
Fairouz Abadi pointed out that the terrorists who were deployed in Syria have started to attack civilians and exerted enormous efforts to make the regime fall, stressing that the number of terrorists in Syria is not large in comparison with the Syrian people and army, and they are weak in face of the Syrian people.
He added that the Syrian army is controlling all Syria, but it is normal that problems exist when neighboring countries cooperate with the terrorists.
Mehmanparast: All Countries of Region have to Help Establish Stability
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said that all countries of the region have to help establish security and stability and not prepare the conditions for a military intervention in Syria, for the circumstances in the region are ''highly sensitive.''
In a press statement from Istanbul on Saturday, Mehmanparast considered that a military attack on a country will serve the interests of the Zionist entity, emphasizing the importance that the region's countries, including Iran and Turkey, exert efforts for establishing security and stability.
''All who support an increase of violence and instability in fact defend the interests of the Zionist entity,'' Mehmenparast said, indicating that the Iranian 6-point plan to solve the crisis in Syria focuses on a cessation of violence and helping the Syrian people get out of the crisis.
Larijani: Must Seek Political and Diplomatic Mechanism to Resolve Crisis in Syria
Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, stressed the need to seek a political and diplomatic mechanism to resolve the crisis in Syria, saying that reforms are carried out through dialogue and negotiations, not through arms and murdering innocents.
This came during Larijani's meeting with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Algerian Parliament, Ibrahim Boulahya.
Baghdad's energy auctions flop
Twelve deals were on the table, seven for oil and five for natural gas, but only three were reached. Lack of security in new fields, the Kurdish factor and Baghdad's unbending price demands are the reasons for the failure. Iraq will not outstrip Iran in OPEC anytime soon.
Apostolic nuncio: UN should look at the results of interreligious talks, not only at the shelling
More than 20 Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni and Alawi religious leaders met today in Homs with local and national government officials to try to solve the problems of the city and the areas most affected by violence. Mgr Zenari appeals to the international community to support grassroots initiatives by Syrians tired of the war. Saudi sheikh offers US$ 450,000 reward for Assad's head.
Ramadan could prevent Qatari women athletes from going to London Olympics
Muslim religious authorities oppose women in Olympics during the month of fasting. The emir of the Wahhabi nation is looking for an alternative solution. Saudi Arabia is the only nation without women Olympic athletes.
|05/25/2012 IRAN - UN- MIDEAST|
No deal in Baghdad between Iran and 5+1 group
Two days of talks in the Iraqi capital dash initial hopes for a deal. The end of Iran's nuclear programme and UN sanctions were the main topics. A new round is set for 18 June in Moscow. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain continue union discussions against Iran.
|05/18/2012 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS|
For Ban ki-Moon, al-Qaeda behind Damascus bombings
UN secretary general mentions the presence of Muslim terrorists on Syrian soil. UN observers chief is sceptical about the peace mission's future. Kofi Annan announces new visit to Syria.
|05/17/2012 IRAN - BAHRAIN - SAUDI ARABIA|
Iranians protest against Gulf States union
Tehran calls for demonstrations against a plan to unify the Arab Gulf states, "a dangerous plot" instigated by "the American-Zionist-Britain evil triangle". Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council slam Iran for interfering in their domestic affairs.
|05/11/2012 SRI LANKA|
Sentenced to death in S Arabia in 2007, Rizana Nafeek's life hangs by a thread
Falsely charge of murder, the young woman has been in jail since she was 17. The European Union is closely monitoring the case. For Saudi authorities, the "case is not yet closed." Sri Lanka is trying to get the victim's family to pardon her.
|05/07/2012 INDIA - US - IRAN|
In India, Hillary Clinton urges an end to oil imports from Iran
New Delhi must avoid the "devastating" effect of an Iranian atomic bomb on the world. During an official visit, the US secretary of state says India's slowness in reducing trade with Iran is unacceptable. Iran supplies 12 per cent of India's oil needs.
Student massacre due to Libyan and Turkish infiltrators, says apostolic vicar in Alep
Mgr Giuseppe Nazaro provides background details to the army assault against the university, which left four people dead. For months, foreign militants have been trying to influence students at Alep university in order to bring violence to the city; the only one spared so far from the fight between rebels and the regime. In his view, the media are manipulated.
Life in prison for glorifying Gaddafi or insulting Islam
The National Transitional Council adopts new laws. Assets belonging to the Gaddafi family and officials in his regime are seized. The Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremists determine the country's political line.