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15:58 | 2012-04-02

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Iran Praises Syrian Gov't, Nation for Prudent Undertaking of Reforms

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian foreign ministry official praised the "prudent" move by the Syrian government and nation to undertake reforms, and said Iran "would not spare any effort to" support Syria.

Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks at a meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Beirut.

"The Islamic Republic will strongly support the government and nation of Syria as a country (standing) in the line of resistance against the Zionist regime (Israel), and will not permit foreign interference to determine Syria's fate. The country's destiny should be shaped by its people," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Also after the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian told reporters that "the Islamic Republic of Iran would not spare any effort to embrace the Syrian Arab Republic and support its leadership, regime and people in the direction that would preserve its resistance role against aggression and the Zionist state".

"The only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political process and nothing else," Abdollahian said, noting that Iran had made efforts "to help Mr. Kofi Annan succeed in his Syrian mission".

Annan, former UN secretary general, was delegated last month as the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League to mediate a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Ami-Abdollahian said Iran had seen "the political reforms announced by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that he is working on implementing (them) ... and we are seeking that the Syrian people should not be harmed in anyway, and to prevent by all means any foreign intervention".

The Iranian deputy foreign minister also met Friday with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and handed him a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirming "Iran's permanent support for Lebanon in various fields and at all levels".

Amir-Abdollahian also held separate meetings with Hezbollah Secretary General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun and representatives of the Palestinian groups and parties.