Iranian official: United States plays political game in Syria
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 / Trend T.Jafarov /
Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said the United States and other Western countries, as well as the Zionist regime, try to create a tense situation in Syria and play a political game to achieve their goals in the region.
"This political game of the U.S. is response to Syria's position on Palestine and Lebanon," he said at a press-conference in Baku today.
Larijani said Iran supports all popular campaigns for democracy in the region.
"The regional counters' authorities should carry out reforms, otherwise their regimes are doomed," Larijani said.
He stressed that Syrian President Bashar Assad carries out far-reaching reforms and Iran supports and welcomes this policy.
The United States pursues a double policy towards the events occurring in the region. The U.S. position on events in Egypt and Libya was different from its position on events in Bahrain, he said.
Massive popular protests have covered a number of Arab states in recent months and led to the downfall of the ruling regimes in Egypt and Tunisia. The riots continue in Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain and Syria. Anti-government protests were also held in Algeria and Jordan.
"The time when the U.S. pursued a policy of force against countries in the region came to its end. I think these countries will resist the U.S. authorities' policy," Larijani said.
Larijani kicked off his visit to Azerbaijan on Friday. Larijani is visiting Azerbaijan on invitation from the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Speaker Ogtay Asadov. The visit aimed to enhance Iranian-Azerbaijani inter-parliamentary cooperation.
He met with Asadov, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, and the country's other officials in Baku.
Larijani's visit to Azerbaijan was initially scheduled for February however, it was postponed due to his busy work schedule.