August 31, 2012 (TSR) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says that providing Syrian opposition groups with arms and financial assistance has set the stage for the current situation in Syria.
The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi who came to Iran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
Ayatollah Khamenei described as unacceptable the killing of the Syrian people and the current situation in the country and said, “The main culprit in the Syrian issue are those who have paved the way for the flood of weapons being dispatched to Syria and the provision of financial support to irresponsible groups.”
“If today the opponents of the policies of European governments, who stage demonstrations, are also provided with money and weapons, undoubtedly, the current situation in Syria will also occur in these countries,” he stated.
The Leader also said that the Syrian government has been treated unfairly in regard to the current crisis, adding, “In addition to continuing political reforms (in order to) not to leave a pretext for opponents and those who are seeking to find a pretext, the Syrian government should cast light on the realities of the situation and the plot (that has been hatched) behind the scenes and explain (the situation) to the peoples of Arab countries.”
In addition, the Leader said that the United States and the Zionist regime are behind the Syrian crisis.
The Syrian prime minister also thanked the Islamic Republic for its policy on the Arab country and said that the Syrian government is determined to deal with armed rebels, clear terrorists from various parts of the country, and continue efforts to implement political reforms and start a national dialogue.
Source: Fars News Agency