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MP Dismisses West's Allegations about Iran's Interference in Syria

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 25 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker dismissed the allegations raised by the US and the European Union about the interference of Iran in Syria's internal affairs as "baseless and absurd".
Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:56:55 PM
MP Dismisses West's Allegations about Iran's Interference in Syria

Speaking to FNA, Head of the parliament's Foreign Relations Committee Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh pointed to the newly approved EU sanctions on a number of Iranian military commanders for alleged meddling in Syria's affairs, and noted, "These sanctions are the results of a vain and unproven claim."

He said that the collapse of the West-backed regimes by popular uprisings and revolutions in the region has strengthened Tehran's stances, adding that the West is leveling baseless accusations against Iran in a bid to cover up its heavy failures.

"They are trying to accuse Iran of interference in Syrian affairs in a bid to advance their own political goals," Falahatpisheh noted.

The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker came a day after the European Union extended its sanctions against Syria to include the names of three commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for their alleged support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on dissent.

Tehran has strong denied the western accusations.

The list, published in the EU's Official Journal on Friday, also includes a Syrian property firm, an investment fund and two other enterprises.

The 11 individuals and businesses join an existing list of 23 people, including Assad.

Syria has been entangled in a series of riots after the occurrence of popular uprisings in other Arab countries. Syrian President Bashar Assad has appeared in public three times since the riots began, most recently on Monday when he made general promises of reform.

In that speech at Damascus University, the president said a national dialogue would start soon and he was forming a committee to study constitutional amendments, including one that would open the way to forming political parties other than the ruling Baath Party.

He acknowledged demands for reform were legitimate, but he cautioned once more than "saboteurs" were exploiting the movement.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of the Syrian government's supporters converged on squares in several major cities. "The people want Bashar Assad!" they shouted, releasing black, white and red balloons - colors of the Syrian flag.

The fact that tens of thousands of people were on the streets was a reminder that Assad enjoys a large public support.

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