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18:21 | 2012-04-11

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President Warns Certain Arab States against Fueling Unrests in Other Nations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday urged certain regional states to avoid supplying arms to opposition groups and terrorists in the other countries, and cautioned them that they might come to experience the same problem in future.

"If you send your money to pay for weapons and supply guns and disturb (the security of) other states, you should know that some day the arrogant powers may do the same to you," Ahmadinejad stated, addressing a large gathering of the people in Iran's Southern island of Abu Mousa.

"Rulers of some regional states should not assume that they are the arrogant powers' blue-eyed boys for we tell them that these very same arrogant powers will do the same to them," the Iranian president stated, alluding to the financial, arms and logistic support extended to the Syrian rebels by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the western states.

Syria took Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the West responsible for undermining the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan, and urged stronger international support for the plan.

The Syria issue has split the Arab world, with the West-backed hardline states, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, advocating arming Syrian rebels and calling for Assad's departure, while others including Iraq want to see a political solution.

Earlier this month, several Persian Gulf Arab states and the United States pledged 100 million dollars to provide salaries and communications equipment for the Syrian rebels fighting against the government.

The countries, led by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, made the offer at an Istanbul conference of the so-called "Friends of Syria", a grouping of some 70 Western and Arab countries, which Damascus calls the "enemies of Syria".

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.