Iranian delegation headed to Syria, Lebanon

Iranian delegation headed to Syria, Lebanon
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:55:55

Iranian parliamentary delegation headed by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of Parliament Foreign Policy and National Security Committee has left Tehran for Syria.

The delegation which is also scheduled to visit Lebanon after Syria, is to discuss the latest developments with the officials of the two Arab countries.

The delegation includes members of the Defense Subcommittee.

On Wednesday, spokesman for the committee Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said that the delegation will travel to Damascus under any circumstances, even if a military attack is launched against the crisis-hit Arab state.

Naqavi Hosseini stated that the mission aims to assess the situation in Syria, and to voice Tehran’s support for the Syrian government and nation following US war threats against the Arab country.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after announcement of US intentions to bomb Syria over conflicting reports of an alleged chemical attack that is widely believed to have been committed by Syria's US-backed militants to open the way for their Western and Arab supporters to attack.

The militants claimed Syrian government carried out the attack. US, backed up by Israeli spies, echoed militants’ claims but failed to give any evidence on the case.

Damascus has categorically rejected the claim, and has already provided UN with evidences on at least three chemical attacks carried out by US-backed militants near the Syrian capital.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that Washington is still seeking an "international coalition" for a potential attack on Syria.

Iran, among a number of other countries, has warned against the ramifications of a military strike against Syria, saying that the fallout from a military action would engulf the entire region.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced due to the violence.


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