Iran rejects claims on sending troops to Syria

Iran rejects claims on sending troops to Syria
Tue Jun 18, 2013 19:03:17

Iran has rejected media claims on the Islamic Republic’s intentions to send 4,000 troops to help the Syrian army in its fight against western-backed terrorists.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi told a news conference on Tuesday that the Syrian government and army do not need outsiders’ help and they can fight the insurgency on their own.

“We categorically deny this information,” Araqchi said, adding Tehran has never and would never send its troops to Damascus.

Syria’s government forces have all the necessary means to fight against terrorists acting in Syria, and Iran has no need to provide military aid to Syrian authorities, he said.

Iran has repeatedly rejected foreign interferences, especially in military aspects, in Syria crisis, insisting that the problem should be settled by a consensus between the Syrian people and government.

Commenting on the recent protests in Turkey, Araqchi called on both the Turkish people and government to exercise restraint.

He rejected any foreign meddling in the internal developments in Turkey, saying, “this is an internal problem and no foreign party has the right to meddle in it.”

The unrest in Turkey erupted after police broke up a sit-in staged at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on May 31 to protest against a government plan for the redevelopment of Gezi Park in the city.

Araqchi also dismissed recent remarks by Canadian foreign minister John Baird on the June 14 presidential election in the Islamic Republic.

“I see little necessity to respond to these remarks,” He said.

“Remarks of this type have been made by the Canadian foreign minister several times, and I have come to the conclusion that one should doubt his (Baird’s) political judgment,” Araqchi noted.

On June 16, Baird, who has a reputation for making rude interfering remarks, described Iran’s 11th presidential election as “effectively meaningless.”

Hassan Rohani emerged victorious in Iran's June 14 election, which was marked by a high voter turnout, winning 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted.

The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry.

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