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16:43 | 2012-10-30

Politics

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Former FM Blames S. Arabia, Qatar, Turkey for Syrian Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey for ongoing violence in Syria, describing them as "the triangle of foreign intervention" in the Syrian crisis.



Speaking to FNA on the sidelines of the 19th International Media and News Agencies Exhibition here in Tehran on Tuesday, Mottaki said, "Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have become the triangle of foreign intervention in the crisis-hit Syria, waging a proxy war."

"Countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia which have no democratic institution cannot make any claim about advocating the rights of the (Syrian) people," the former Iranian foreign minister said, expressing regret that Turkey has also become a proxy of the US policies in the region despite the opposition of its people.

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 2011, 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 increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.