Assad overthrow a red line for Iran

2013-01-20 16:39

Dibai - A senior aide to Iran's supreme leader warned against the overthrow of Syria's President Bashar Assad, saying his fate was a "red line", in one of the Islamic state's strongest messages of support for the Damascus government.

Iran has steadfastly backed Assad's rule since an uprising against his rule began almost two years ago and regards him as an important part of the axis of opposition against arch-foe Israel.

"If the Syrian President Bashar Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken," Ali Akbar Velayati, who is seen as a potential contender in Iran's June presidential election, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

"We believe that there should be reforms emanating from the will of the Syrian people, but without resorting to violence and obtaining assistance from the [United States of] America," he told Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen satellite television.

Asked if Iran sees Assad as a red line, Velayati said: "Yes, it is so. But this does not mean that we ignore the Syrian people's right in choose its own rulers."

More than 60 000 people have died in the uprising against Assad, part of the Arab Spring protests that have swept aside four heads of state since 2011.

Iran, a regional Shi'ite Muslim power which backs Lebanon's Hezbollah group, describes many Syrian opposition groups as "terrorists" who are backed by Western and Arab states. Assad follows an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

Velayati blamed what he called "reactionary" Arab states for the violence in Syria and singled out Qatar, accusing it of bringing in fighters from Somalia and Afghanistan to help topple Assad.

Velayati said all parties linked to the crisis in Syria needed to negotiate.

"Anyone who comes to the talks cannot negotiate on the table and support the armed elements, but must enter the negotiations and stop supporting the armed elements," he added.

The Islamic Republic has sought international backing for its six-point plan to resolve the Syrian conflict. The plan calls for an immediate end to violence and negotiations between all parties to form a transitional government, but does not call for Assad to step down.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-20 16:51

    Really? And what are they going to do?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-20 17:02

    Bring it on Iran.let's see what you've got

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 18:11

    Iran is behaving in exactly the same way the US behaves all over the world. It's called protecting your interests.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-20 19:39

      . Shame, you just don't see the idiocy of this Iranian clown. He says; There should be changes in Syria, but brought along , without violence!!! He does not seem to have a memory , as for the first ELEVEN MONTHS the Syrian opposition was UNARMED and DEMANDED 'NO' foreign interference. Only AFTER 11 months of total teror and an unbelievable brutality by this assad dog, did the opposition take up arms, and invited, 'whomever' , to come to their aid !! Than he says; "must enter the negotiations, and stop supporting the armed elements" But just about ALL the violence comes from the ones, he supports, these assad terrorists!!! So to say; 'Its called protecting your interests' is absurd, dumb and stupid!! It is called; supporting a terrorist regime !!!!!!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-20 19:39

      Iran has not the means. Got to love them for their rumbunctiousness.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 21:55

      Larry, Iran is doing exactly that, protecting the Syrian government. How would you rather they did this, in order to show their "means".

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-01-20 22:43

      When you are so biased as to ignore history and not read anything about current affairs, your opinions become nothing but rubbish. Larry is right Iran has not got the means to stop what ever is going to happen in Syria from happening. Anthony is also correct when he rubbishes the bleatings of an Islamic radical who is so filled with hate of the West and Israel tha he makes contradictory and stupid statements. Perhaps you should fidel off and go and live in Iran, just remember that political police would make you cover up.

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2013-01-21 01:09

      Fiddle, the U.S does not protect its intrests by murdering 10s of thousands of its own people.

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2013-01-21 01:12

      And you say Iran just is protecting Syria's government...who's protecting Syria's people?

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-21 06:52

      Joshua, the US protects its interests by murdering 10s of thousands of people not of its OWN. The US exports its worst excesses abroad. The Syrian government is protecting the Syrian population daily from foreign backed Jihadists by killing them in their thousands. Kevin, again that's pretty much what Iran has done in over two years and I'm puzzled as to why you can't see the forest. Too many trees in the way? Are you going to fund my relocation to Iran.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-21 07:46

      . Going to Iran ??? YOU ??? No, I don't dislike you THAT much, don't go !!! You, with your radical mind, will be hanging from a tree in no time!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-21 08:07

      The fuzzy logic of your argument is admirable, but futile, and in reality, pretty weak.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 06:49

      Patrick, Go for a brain transplant!! At present your brain is; ---60 % HATRED---20 % SEX----20 % FILTH----- Not healthy at all !!!

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-20 19:34

    Filthy potty mouth says "But this does not mean that we ignore the Syrian people's right in choose its own rulers." When will the Iranian regime let its own people choose its rulers, without stealing elections and assasinating opposition leaders. Iran is next.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 22:04

      I'm sure that notion plays well to people's prejudices, but it doesn't really reflect reality. Inventing and repeating words and framing does not mean they reflect the reality. There is absolutely no evidence beyond the assertions of the U.S. that the Iranian elections were rigged.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-01-20 22:45

      Whether or not the Iranian elections were rigged is an irrelevancy. It is a Theocracy and the Mullahs are not elected. The Iranian parliament is powerless and is used to rubber stamp the decisions of the Mullahs. That is not predjudice but fact.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-21 06:14

      Iran's internal issues are their affairs. The Iranians can decide how to manage their social, political, economical issues regardless of what you and the west think. They want a theocracy, or a democracy, or a military dictatorship is their business. Iranians, most of whom were born during the repression of the Shah, have not lost their medium term memory and the role of the 'West' in ruining their democracy and lives for generations. An episode of history from which they haven't recovered yet! I don't know if it is your ignorance of history or your naivety which is most appalling.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-21 07:42

      . YES, you are quite right, the Iranians should manage their social, political and economical issues themselves, But it is NOT, it is done by a bunch of religiuos psychopaths !! Wake up, take those silly and childish anti American blinkers of, and you might just see some reality !!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-21 08:06

      Given your reality is pretty much a delusional fantasy world, I would think it safe to assume that you live in a reality all of your own.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-01-22 11:35

      Fidel, Iran's 'management' of their own social and political affairs amounts to the brutal supression of opposition dissent by deploying the regimes elite Revolutionary Guards against them. As happened in the aftermath of Iran's 2006 stolen election. No different to Syrian dictatorship.

  • - 2013-01-21 09:49

    Iran and Syria have the opportunity to bring much suffering and war to our planet, I am glad that Russia and China are finally turning their backs on Iran & Syria, and joining the west and the Arab world in their call to stop the violence from these two crazy regimes.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-21 10:20

      Either your thinking is muddled or you have written this with the intention of deliberately deceiving readers. Zionist propagandist(astroturf puppets) like you have become so profoundly confident of their ability to deceive people that you make virtually no effort to even appear credible. China and Russia? Try at least to make your propaganda more subtle!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-21 23:20

    Can someone drop me any hints about the city of Dibai?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 06:53

      Diana, GREAT comment !! Can hardly wait for your next one !!!

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