Iran to continue consulting with Turkey on Syria - spokesman
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast stressed here on Thursday that Iran and Turkey are committed to continue consulting on Syria crisis, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks in a press conference in Turkey's Trabzon province.
'No country has the right to decide about the destiny of the Syrian nation; Iran's six- point plan for resolution of Syrian crisis is the best peaceful plan which guarantees Syrian nation's rights; all countries should help the resolution of Syrian crisis through a democratic process and prevent western countries' interference.'
Answering a question about why Syrian government defends itself towards armed terrorist groups, Mehmanparast noted that any other country, including Turkey will definitely defend itself against the terrorist groups and will not allow foreign states to recognize terrorists or interfere in its internal affairs.
'Western states' support for armed terrorist groups should be prevented and if not that will become a common approach for them and they would arm similar groups in other countries, too.'
Spokesman asserted that despite some differences, Turkey and Iran have joint stance towards various political issues.
'Middle East is facing new developments including people's demand for participation in a democratic process for determining their destiny; Ankara and Tehran should help the resolution of crisis in some regional countries; foreign powers are not able to damage good relations between the two states.'
He added that halting the violations can prepare the ground for national dialogue and the establishment of transitional government in Syria.
'All countries should support free election under the supervision of international institutions there and respect the result of such an election; the armed terrorist groups who are fighting the Syrian government are 50 to 200 thousand people and they do not represent Syria's 22 million populations; western countries' opposition towards election in Syria is because of their concern about the defeat of armed terrorist groups in a democratic process.'
Mehmanparast expressed surprise at the recent claim made by Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin about Iran's logistical support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and noted that Iran and Turkey have joint security cooperation against this terrorist group.
Pointing to Tehran's support for Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the past three decades, he noted that 'Iran is ready to aid Syrian refugees'.
'Sanctions against Iran under the pretext of its peaceful nuclear activities are illegal and the halt in Tehran's nuclear program will not stop their hostility towards Iranian nation; Iran would change the sanctions into opportunity.'
Spokesperson underlined the expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries in all areas and in particular in the field of economy.
Mehmanparast had also a meeting with governor-general of Trabzon province in Turkey on Thursday.
In this meeting, he told governor general of Trabzon that its advisable for both sides to get news about each other directly without relying on western sources.
'Volume of trade exchanges between the two countries is on the rise; western sanctions might leave very slight impacts on the two sides' economic cooperation, but they will never affect mutual cooperation between Iran and Turkey; economic sanctions on Iran's banking system have backfired, bringing economic prosperity to the country.'
'The US and Zionist regime have masterminded various plots against Iran in the past 34 years,' he said, adding that they have disrupted the tranquility of the whole region.
Comments made by Iranian officials on deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey underline the fact that this might lead to more presence of aliens in the region, Mehmanparast said.
Presence of aliens can destabilize the region and put the security of regional countries at risk, he added.
'We believe that the Zionist regime and its supporters are trying to create chaos in the region,' spokesman noted.
During his stay in Turkey, Mehmanparast is slated to confer with the country's high ranking officials on issues of mutual interests.
It should be noted that Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Thousands of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.