Conflict & Justice

Iran condemns Damascus bombing


Masked Iranian special forces march during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 17, 2012. Iran will respond with force to any threats to its territorial integrity, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech at the parade, adding that it would prefer to cooperate with its Arab neighbors to maintain security in the Gulf.


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DUBAI, UAE - Iran condemned the suicide bombing in Damascus on Wednesday that killed the Syrian defence minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, and said foreign backing for "terrorist acts" would not succeed in destabilising Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly condemned violence and resorting to destructive measures, and believes that the only way of resolving the current crisis in Syria is through talks... " a foreign ministry statement published by Mehr news agency said.

"Sending weapons and ammunition into the country and support from some regional and international players through terrorist actions that target the robust stability and security of Syrian nation will not lead anywhere," it added.

Iran, Syria's regional ally, has steadfastly backed Assad since the uprising against his family's rule began 16 months ago, and has repeatedly called on Syrians themselves to find a solution to the unrest without foreign interference.

"Any type of instability in this country can fuel convulsion and crisis in the region and cause wider violence and unrest," the statement added.

Earlier this week, Iranian officials said Tehran was ready to host talks between the two sides but some Syrian opposition figures swiftly refused the offer. (Reporting By Marcus George, editing by Tim Pearce)