Iran sends emissaries to Syria to renew its pledge of support
Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security,
and Syria's President Bashar Assad meeting on September 1, 2013. Screen
grab photo Press TV.
Media DAMASCUS—An Iranian
parliamentary delegation has exchanged views with Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad on the latest developments in the Arab country.
The delegation, headed by Chairman of the Majlis National Security
and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi, met with President
Assad in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday.
The Iranian lawmakers also held separate meetings with
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem
later on Sunday.
The delegation arrived in Syria on Saturday as part of efforts by
Tehran to support the Syrian government amid threats of a military
strike against Damascus by the US and some of its allies.
"As representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we
once again inform Syrian officials and the international community of
our opposition to any attack and war on Syria," Boroujerdi told
reporters after a meeting with Syrian Parliament speaker, Mohammad Jihad
al-Laham, in Damascus on Saturday.
On August 21, the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and the
foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that government forces had
used chemical weapons in an attack against militant strongholds in the
suburbs of Damascus, killing hundreds of people.
The Syrian government has categorically rejected the claim as part
of a false-flag operation. Washington, however, has used the pretext to
step up its war rhetoric against Syria.
US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he has decided to
seek Congressional approval for an attack on Syria. US lawmakers will
debate the issue when they return from recess on September 9.
Iran and a number of other countries have warned against the
ramifications of a military strike against Syria, saying that the
fallout from a military action would engulf the entire region.
believes the West and its regional allies, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.