Iran accuses UK of double standards towards Arab regimes
Iran has put the ball back in the court of the British government with regard to charges of being hypocritical about the pro-democracy uprisings in various Arab countries, IRNA reported.
"Emphasizing incidents in one country and ignoring the crackdown of uprisings in other countries are instances of resorting to double-standards regarding the developments in the region," the Iranian Embassy in London said in a statement.
The statement also pointed to some Western states, including Britain, having 'provided the tyrannous rulers in the region with logistical equipment and training to enable them to curb the uprisings.'
Britain has also faced internal criticism contrasting its policy towards enforcing regime change in Libya while welcoming the crown prince of Bahrain to London at the time when the regime in Manama is embroiled in a bloody clampdown against pro-democracy protests in the country.
In its statement, the rmbassy lambasted some British officials who have made 'unfounded and baseless allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning the incidents in Syria.'
'The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns these inappropriate remarks and denies firmly these untrue allegations which aim to tarnish Iran's popular image in the region,' it said.
'Iran believes that nations in the region seek to establish democracy without any foreign intervention; therefore, having double-standards in dealing with democratic wishes in the countries of the region is against legitimate ambitions of their people.'
The statement comes after Hague accused Iran of aiding Syria with the 'provision of equipment for them and advice on techniques on how to crush protest' but offered no evidence in making the allegation.