Iran warns against arming Syrian opposition

Iran on Sunday warned against sending weapons to Syrian rebels battling its ally in Damascus, saying that this would threaten regional stability and increase the “risk of terrorism.”

“Some countries envisage arming the opposition with heavy and semi-heavy weaponry,” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a speech to open an inter-Syria dialogue in Tehran.

“In reality, they seek to legitimise publicly what they have been doing in secret,” Salehi said, without naming any country.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers at talks in Brussels are due to discuss lifting a strict embargo on arms deliveries to Syria. France has publicly said it favours sending “defensive” weapons to the Syrian opposition.

The initiative would allow the arming of the National Coalition of opposition groups formed in Doha on November 11.

Salehi said such arms deliveries would set a “dangerous precedent” and constitute “a clear interference in the affairs of an independent country.”

“It will spread insecurity, the risk of terrorism and organised violence in all of the region,” he said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its main allies, Iran and Russia, accuse some Arab and Western countries of having secretly provided weapons to Syrian rebels for months.

The opposition National Coalition, recognised by France, Turkey and Gulf countries, has asked for weapons to bring down the regime and hasten the end of a conflict which has killed more than 39,000 people since mid-March last year.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia and Iran “shared a common position on the crisis in Syria.”

Russia has warned that providing the coalition with weapons would be a “gross violation” of international law.

In a message to the Tehran meeting, Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia and Iran “shared a common position on the crisis in Syria,” the official IRNA news agency reported.

No representative from the Syrian opposition coalition attended the Tehran meeting, as it rejects dialogue for as long as Assad remains in power.

Iranian media said the meeting brought together some 200 representatives of the Syrian government and different political, religious and ethnic groups.

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  • nagy_michael2

    Yes you and the russians are only allowed the Syrian regime and everybody should just fight with knives and kitchen pots.. Iran is everywhere these days.. I am sure they’re behind the mess in Gaza and they have succeeded in manipulating the current situation in middle east to distract from Syrian Regime brutality. And to rally many arab nations and Lebanese M14th against Israel and if they don’t say anything, then its an embarrassment.. All those who have been calling for Bashar heads now have to shift gears to support Gaza.. Look Israel has been the aggressor no doubt about it. But again if Hamas and other palestinians had thought peaceful ways with the jews even the american administrations would have sided with them and forced Israel to do something. but again arafat then and hamas now are following the same deceitful policies and they want to trick the world they’re innocent of any wrongdoings.. well you complain before the israelis taking their lands or building settlements. why didn’t you attack on regular basis then? why now? because you’re more prepared and/or trying to help Iran to distract nations from Syria, its nuclear arms and many current situations. All these current events pleases Iran leadership, Syria and Hezbollah. These lands belongs to both like it or not? you don’t bomb me i don’t bomb you. if you keep as peacefull neighbor then i might give you back most of what belongs to you. I am sure many israelis would want peace with Palestinians but when the plo leadership are following many outside influences then how can Israel trust to hand them back anything.. All i can say from what the palestinians leadership did in Jordan then Lebanon. I say how can we trust you didn’t do the same in Israel???
    I do not hate palestinians people in general because they’re just going with the flow. Just like Aoun and Nassrallah sheeps. they do as they told because most of them are on drugs.. they’re cool and high and happy. Aoun keep sucking the Nassrallah bank and eventually he will be killed when time comes and he no longer suits Iran grand schemes.. or maybe to cause further rifts between Christians..Nassrallah accusing Geagea of creating rifts between shiites and sunnis. I doubt that Assir could careless about geagea and if nassrallah stop dividing sunnis against sunnis in Tripoli and Saida.. and christians in the north, beirut and the mountains.. we would be all fine..I know Hezbollah is itching for a fight. But deep down they’re also scared of the unknowns. they’re fate this time will be unknown. the leadership of hezbollah will be targetted everywhere and israel will not spare non including the goofer looking Nassrallah..
    Long Live Lebanon away from Hezbollah, extremists, Syria and most of all Iran. I know we can live with israel in peace much more than hezbollah..

    • Salitizi

      Sounds to me like you have participated in the same Hadith teaching as Wargame. In other words, where the hell do you get you information from. Talk about having a figment in your imagination. You guys are extreme.

  • nagy_michael2

    Yes you and the russians are only allowed the Syrian regime and everybody should just fight with knives and kitchen pots.. Iran is everywhere these days.. I am sure they’re behind the mess in Gaza and they have succeeded in manipulating the current situation in middle east to distract from Syrian Regime brutality. And to rally many arab nations and Lebanese M14th against Israel and if they don’t say anything, then its an embarrassment.. All those who have been calling for Bashar heads now have to shift gears to support Gaza.. Look Israel has been the aggressor no doubt about it. But again if Hamas and other palestinians had thought peaceful ways with the jews even the american administrations would have sided with them and forced Israel to do something. but again arafat then and hamas now are following the same deceitful policies and they want to trick the world they’re innocent of any wrongdoings.. well you complain before the israelis taking their lands or building settlements. why didn’t you attack on regular basis then? why now? because you’re more prepared and/or trying to help Iran to distract nations from Syria, its nuclear arms and many current situations. All these current events pleases Iran leadership, Syria and Hezbollah. These lands belongs to both like it or not? you don’t bomb me i don’t bomb you. if you keep as peacefull neighbor then i might give you back most of what belongs to you. I am sure many israelis would want peace with Palestinians but when the plo leadership are following many outside influences then how can Israel trust to hand them back anything.. All i can say from what the palestinians leadership did in Jordan then Lebanon. I say how can we trust you didn’t do the same in Israel???
    I do not hate palestinians people in general because they’re just going with the flow. Just like Aoun and Nassrallah sheeps. they do as they told because most of them are on drugs.. they’re cool and high and happy. Aoun keep sucking the Nassrallah bank and eventually he will be killed when time comes and he no longer suits Iran grand schemes.. or maybe to cause further rifts between Christians..Nassrallah accusing Geagea of creating rifts between shiites and sunnis. I doubt that Assir could careless about geagea and if nassrallah stop dividing sunnis against sunnis in Tripoli and Saida.. and christians in the north, beirut and the mountains.. we would be all fine..I know Hezbollah is itching for a fight. But deep down they’re also scared of the unknowns. they’re fate this time will be unknown. the leadership of hezbollah will be targetted everywhere and israel will not spare non including the goofer looking Nassrallah..
    Long Live Lebanon away from Hezbollah, extremists, Syria and most of all Iran. I know we can live with israel in peace much more than hezbollah..

    • Salitizi

      Sounds to me like you have participated in the same Hadith teaching as Wargame. In other words, where the hell do you get you information from. Talk about having a figment in your imagination. You guys are extreme.

  • Patience2

    Iran needs to be moved briskly ‘back to the stone age’.

  • Patience2

    Iran needs to be moved briskly ‘back to the stone age’.

  • wargame1

    These chicken majoosis only good in killing civilians but unable to face the armed FSA even the FSA dont have superior weapon. Well the beginning of the end of Iranian majoosi hegemony has started. They are desperate and talking nonsense. This is the time they will start making mistakes and nothing will go according to the plan. They cant fool the sunnis anymore. 

    • Salitizi

      No need for anyone to fool them, they do a fine job on their own.

      • nagy_michael2

        Its not imaginations its facts but you people want to deny and lie about everything is happening. as If the ghosts are doing the killings.. Iran is the main beneficiary of this mess between hamas and israel. hezbollah catches master spies yet they can’t catch the people who are killing M14 leaders and pro m14  parties.. all they do is deny it and if you don’t like it you get killed. where did Hamas get Fajr Rockets and other sophisticated weapons from my grandmother? is this Iran new religion lies and deceits? where is Allah allmighty here? who do these people believe in.. I would love to know. Also on last Note.. Wargame1 is not imagining things he’s just too smart for your understanding things that are complicated..

  • wargame1

    These chicken majoosis only good in killing civilians but unable to face the armed FSA even the FSA dont have superior weapon. Well the beginning of the end of Iranian majoosi hegemony has started. They are desperate and talking nonsense. This is the time they will start making mistakes and nothing will go according to the plan. They cant fool the sunnis anymore. 

    • Salitizi

      No need for anyone to fool them, they do a fine job on their own.

      • nagy_michael2

        Its not imaginations its facts but you people want to deny and lie about everything is happening. as If the ghosts are doing the killings.. Iran is the main beneficiary of this mess between hamas and israel. hezbollah catches master spies yet they can’t catch the people who are killing M14 leaders and pro m14  parties.. all they do is deny it and if you don’t like it you get killed. where did Hamas get Fajr Rockets and other sophisticated weapons from my grandmother? is this Iran new religion lies and deceits? where is Allah allmighty here? who do these people believe in.. I would love to know. Also on last Note.. Wargame1 is not imagining things he’s just too smart for your understanding things that are complicated..

  • Btru2u

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  • Btru2u

    Who are Khawarij By Imam Anwar al Awlaki
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