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14:19 | 2013-06-12

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Iran Condemns Gharzawi's Anti-Hezbollah Remarks

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry deplored the comments made by the head of Qatari opposition Sheikh Yusuf Gharzawi against the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement.

Yusuf Gharzawi a few days ago criticized Hezbollah for helping Syria in defending itself against the foreign terrorist groups, and described it as the party of Satan.

"Apparently, the positions of God and Satan have reversed for Mr. Gharzawi," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi told FNA on Wednesday.

"It is expected from Mr. Gharzawi who unfortunately is known as the spiritual father of Takfiri groups to move in line with unity among Muslims," he added.

Araqchi underlined Hezbollah's leading role in the fight against the Zionist regime, and said due to its strenuous efforts and struggle against the enemies of Islam, the entire Muslim world respects Hezbollah.

Charzawi's remarks came as a prominent Syrian opposition figure said the Takfiri groups are the main impediment to peace in Syria.

Nabil Fayyaz noted that the main problem is now posed by the Salafi-Takfiri groups which do not care for the efforts made by the UN-Arab League Joint Envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

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

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling 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.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said last 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.