Iran condemns terrorist blast in Syria
The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement on Wednesday strongly condemned today's terrorist blast in Damascus, and urged an end to foreign interference in Syria, stressing that dispatch of arms and ammunitions will not resolve the conflict in the country, FNA reported.
In the statement, the Iranian foreign ministry strongly condemned the blast which killed a number of Syrian officials and wounded several others, and extended Iran's condolences to the Syrian nation and government.
"As frequently stressed, the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns any use of violence and resort to destructive measures and believes that the only way to go past the current crisis in Syria is talks over finding political solutions to the current problems, because any kind of instability in the country can spark tension and crisis in the region and spread violence and unrests (in Syria)," said the statement.
"Foreign meddling and dispatch of arms and ammunitions to that country and the support rendered by certain regional and international parties to the terrorist actions which target the stability and security of Syria and its resistant nation will lead to nowhere and such activities must be stopped at the earliest," concluded the statement.
A suicide bomber at a "national security" force building in the capital Damascus Wednesday killed the country's defense minister and wounded the interior minister.
The attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. State-run TV said some of the officials were seriously wounded and killed Defense Minister Daud Rajihah.
Al-Manar TV said that the Syrian Interior Minister, Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sha'ar, is among those wounded in the blast.
The capital has seen four straight days of clashes pitting government troops against terrorist and rebel groups, who are trying to bring down the government by force.
President Bashar al-Assad's advisor as well as his brother-in-law were both killed in the terrorist bomb attack.
The Syrian TV quoting the country's army pledged to wipe out "criminal gangs".
A Syrian security source confirmed Shawkat, 62, was killed and said intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar was wounded. State television said Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar had also been wounded in the blast.
The Syrian president immediately appointed a new defense minister, Fahad Jassim al-Freij, previously the armed forces' chief of staff, in a show of power and determination.
Assad was not at the meeting where it took place.
The explosion appeared to be part of coordinated terrorist moves in the capital.