Iran Ramps Up Diplomatic Efforts to Prevent War on Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign minister warned of grave consequences of military intervention in Syria in his phone talks with his counterparts from two EU members, saying the international community should be allowed to find a peaceful settlement for the crisis.
In separate phone talks with Austrian and Portuguese foreign ministers, Michael Spindelegger and Rui Manuel Parente Chancerelle de Machete, on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized attempts by certain countries to launch a new war in the region, and voiced concern over the destabilizing aftermath of any military action against Syria for the whole region.
Zarif also stressed the need for the UN and the international community to play a more prominent role in resolution of the Syrian crisis, as US President Barack Obama has said Washington is looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act agisnt Syria.
Zarif also discussed the Syrian developments earlier in the day with the UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, and expressed concern about any new “act of adventurism” in the region.
On Wednesday afternoon, the top Iranian diplomat discussed Syria with the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jordan, and Kuwait.
As the US and some of its allies are preparing themselves to hit Syria, based on the accusation that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack on August 21 in areas around Damascus, some other countries have voiced strong opposition to such a move.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said last week “If such a move (possible attack on Syria) takes place, the Americans will surely suffer losses just like what they underwent in Iraq and Afghanistan,”, addressing Iranian cabinet members here in Tehran.
The Leader also described a possible US military intervention in Syria as “a disaster for the region,” adding, ”Trans-regional and foreign powers’ intervention in a country will result in nothing but igniting fire, and will also increase the nations’ aversion to them (meddling countries).”
Russia has also warned that any unilateral military action bypassing the UN Security Council would be a "direct violation of international law."
Syrian government has strongly dissmissed allegations that it used chemical weapons against civilians and blames the rebels and extremists groups for these attacks, and President Bashar al-Assad has said his country will defend itself against any military measure by western countries.