Tehran says Syria raid won’t im­pact for­eign pol­icy

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Mon­day that the re­cent ag­gres­sion against Syria, which is con­sid­ered “war­mon­ger­ing”, will not im­pact Iran’s for­eign pol­icy, not­ing that Tehran will con­tinue to fol­low the same prin­ci­ples that it has be­ing pur­su­ing over the past decades.

Qassemi said the U.S.-led at­tack against Syria is “con­trary to all in­ter­na­tional norms”.

He added the cur­rent “ab­nor­mal” sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East has its roots in Wash­ing­ton’s “strate­gic mis­takes”.

“Such ex­pan­sion­ist mea­sures are con­trary to in­ter­na­tional norms. The United States has shown that under its ex­pan­sion­ist poli­cies, it uses false pre­texts and lies to carry out such mea­sures time and again in or­der to achieve its goal,” Qassemi told a reg­u­lar news brief­ing.

He fur­ther said such strate­gic mis­takes will def­i­nitely lead to more prob­lems in the re­gion.

In the early hours of Satur­day, the U.S., Britain and France launched airstrikes against three Syr­ian sites in re­sponse to an al­leged chem­i­cal at­tack by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment on the town of Douma near Da­m­as­cus.

“It seems one of the goals of the rash and un­wise act of Amer­ica and its two al­lies in breach­ing the sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Syria was to cre­ate dis­cord among the three guar­an­tors of the cease­fire in Syria,” he said, re­fer­ring to Iran, Rus­sia and Tur­key as bro­kers of the As­tana peace talks and guar­an­tors of de-es­ca­la­tion zones in Syria.

The spokesman went on to say that the As­tana peace talks have been fruit­ful in help­ing re­duce con­flict in Syria.

He said this achieve­ment might be a source of “dis­con­tent” for the ag­gres­sors.

Qassemi em­pha­sized that Iran, Rus­sia and Tur­key will con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion in fight­ing ter­ror­ism and de­fend­ing the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Syria de­spite mi­nor dis­agree­ments.

‘Is­rael’s hit and run pol­icy shouldn’t be tol­er­ated’

Asked about Iran’s re­sponse to an Is­raeli at­tack on the Syr­ian T-4 air base near Homs ear­lier this month which left seven Ira­ni­ans dead, Qassemi said the at­tack will be met with a re­sponse, em­pha­siz­ing that Is­rael’s “hit and run” pol­icy shouldn’t be tol­er­ated any­more.

“Gone are the days when the Zion­ist regime would hit and run. The re­sis­tance forces and Syria can de­fend their ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional sovereignty and will do so,” he stated.

“The oc­cu­py­ing regime will sooner or later re­ceive the nec­es­sary re­sponses to its re­cent crime and ag­gres­sion, and they will re­gret their mis­deed,” the spokesman added.

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