Reducing Middle East crises to Assad is strategic mistake – Iran
Tehran, Iran, November 7
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
It is a strategic mistake to reduce all Middle East crises to only Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said during a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Shultz in Tehran.
Pointing to comments about Iran's support for Assad, Larijani said the Syrian issue is not about one person, but is more complicated, Fars news agency reported November 7.
"Rather, a plan should be made to create a region free of criminal terrorist movements," Larijani said.
"The Syrian issue is a starting point to unsettle the region. So, if we look seriously, we will see that terrorists are constantly growing."
"If we are insistent upon saying Syria should be well-ordered, it is because we are against that ruinous current. Thousands of people from Europe and the United States have already joined the ISIL, which is a crisis for the whole world. The Islamic Republic of Iran believes in a democratic, reformist structure, both for Syria and for Yemen."
Larijani also called upon regional governments to participate in the fight against terrorism.
"Structural reforms should be created according to people's votes, rather than having a few people from a few countries sit together and decide for Syria or Yemen. Third countries can only facilitate things in Syria, rather than replace the Syrian people in their votes," the Iranian Parliament speaker stressed.
Tehran has been steadfast in backing the Syrian government. However, regardless of other parties that directly engage in military action in Syria, Iran says it only provides advisors to the Syrian Army.
Iran has frequently condemned airstrikes in Syria and Yemen for killing civilians and has called for political solutions to the crises.