Iran backs domestic reforms in Syria: senior MP
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Islamic Republic backs the government-initiated reform process in Syria while firmly opposing any military intervention in the country, Press TV reported.
"Iran hopes that President Bashar al-Assad ... will maintain Syria's stability and restore peace to the country through executing reforms and preventing foreign interference," head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday, IRNA reported.
Describing Syria as the "axis of resistance" against Israel, the Iranian legislator noted that what he called "efforts by the US and its allies to upset the Syrian political establishment" have been futile.
Despite making a "billion-dollar investment" and leveraging all the capacities of the Arab League, particularly Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Washington failed to achieve its goal and this policy "faced defeat like other US policies in the region," Boroujerdi further pointed out.
He reiterated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's recent assertion that Tehran is categorically opposed to any foreign intervention in Syria, saying, "Iran has so far supported Syria and will remain its supporter as long as the country continues its policy of backing the [anti-Zionist] resistance."
"The Islamic Republic will defend Syria because of its support for the resistance front against the Zionist regime (Israel) and is vehemently opposed to any intervention by foreign forces in Syrian internal affairs," Ayatollah Khamenei had said in a recent meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad.
Syria's crackdown on dissent has killed more than 8,000 people since anti-regime protests erupted in mid-March last year, according to United Nations estimates.