Salehi: The West is Supporting Terrorism in Syria While Fighting it in Mali
Jan 27, 2013
TEHRAN, (SANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticized the double standards of western countries who support terrorism in Syria and fight it in Mali, reiterating Iran’s rejection of foreign interference in countries’ internal affairs.
In a statement upon his arrival in Addis Ababa on Sunday to attend the 20th summit of the African Union, Salehi said that Iran opposes both extremism and interfering in countries’ internal affairs by sending troops to them, stressing that crises should not be resolved by force, but rather by contemplating their roots and adopting a political course to solve them.
He pointed out that the west adopts double standards in dealing with terrorism, citing the terrorist group who entered Syria and are supported by the west which at the same time fights terrorists in Mali.
Salehi said that terrorism is a product of the west as it began from the Afghanistan crisis where extremism began, hoping that Africa will recover from terrorism and control this phenomenon before it spreads.
He also voiced Iran’s readiness to help resolve the crisis in Mali.
Abdullahian: Iran Supports the Syrians, the Political Program
For his part, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hussein Amir Abdullahian stressed that the interference of the foreign countries in Syria’s internal affairs is the main reason of the complication of its situation.
In a statement made in Amman on Sunday, Abdullahian highlighted Iran’s strong support to the Syrian people and to all initiatives that aim at restoring stability to Syria , especially the political program announced by President Bashar al-Assad.
He said that the political program along with the Iranian initiative can be the main basis for a political solution to the crisis.
He noted that the western countries and the USA are pretending to be fighting terrorism and, at the same time, considered of the main countries that are supporting the terrorist groups in Syria.
M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh