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Iran Raps UK over Syria Crackdown Claim

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 13 (ICANA) – Iran has censured the United Kingdom over its recent allegations that the Islamic Republic gives equipment and logistical support to Syria to quell unrest in the Arab country.
Monday, June 13, 2011 10:45:22 PM
Iran Raps UK over Syria Crackdown Claim

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast in a Monday statement said Britain has on occasion intervened and escalated tensions in the Middle East and Persian Gulf states.

He also criticized the British government for its unwavering support for Israel and indifference towards the killing of innocent Palestinians by the regime.

Mehmanparast pointed out that Muslims in the Middle East, thanks to their vigilance, view recent remarks by the UK foreign secretary as in line with Britain's colonialist objectives.

The senior Iranian official also advised British statesmen to learn from their past mistakes, and not bring shame on future administrations.

On Saturday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague accused Iran of helping Syria quell anti-government protests, alleging that the Tehran government provides “equipment” and logistical support on how to crush the opposition.

His comments came after Britain's chargé d'affaires in Tehran Jane Marriott was summoned last Thursday to protest the false claims by British Foreign Secretary William Hague of Iranian meddling in Syria.

"The remarks [by the British Foreign Secretary] are completely unfounded and part of a series of false claims," Head of Iranian foreign ministry's West Europe division said.

"The British government is not qualified to make such comments about other countries due to its negative role and meddling in the regional developments especially giving training to the military forces in some countries used to crackdown on people," he added.

During the meeting, the Iranian side also condemned the meddlesome comments by British officials about Iran's domestic affairs and criticized the dual and contradictory approach of Britain towards the regional developments.

Britain's accusations against Iran come at a time when the UK has urged the EU to impose sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the recent conflicts in the country.

On May 17, EU imposed sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, against 13 Syrian officials.

The Syrian president's brother Maher al-Assad, four of his cousins and others in his inner circle were among the officials targeted by the sanctions.

On May 23, the EU imposed sanctions on Assad himself, along with nine other senior Syrian officials.

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