MP: Military Intervention in Syria only Adds to US Problems
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker said some decision-making centers in the US are trying to convince Obama to embark on militarily intervention in Syria, but at the same time warned that the move could further tie US hands in dealing with problems it faces in the Middle East.
“ Our main advice is that such interferences will have no fruit for the US, save for plunging it deeper into a quagmire of troubles in the Middle East,” Member of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hadi Shoushtari told Tasnim on Sunday.
The political doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran forbids military intervention in other countries and in political decision-makings, too, it respects the rights of the citizens in any society to decide their own fate, he said.
Shoustari added that the US should seriously refrain from military intervention in Syria, as the international society and the Islamic Republic of Iran are strongly opposed to such a move.
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker came after media reports said that President Barack Obama met Saturday with his national security team to discuss reports of a chemical weapons attack near Damascus this week.
"Once we ascertain the facts, the president will make an informed decision about how to respond," White House official said on condition of anonymity. "We have a range of options available, and we are going to act very deliberately so that we're making decisions consistent with our national interest as well as our assessment of what can advance our objectives in Syria."
In an exclusive interview with CNN that was aired Friday, Obama said the United States, along with United Nations inspectors, were gathering information on the attack, but that preliminary signs point to a "big event of grave concern."
Saturday's meeting occurred as a top UN official arrived in Damascus to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus.