Iran summons British diplomat over Syria accusation

June 9, 2011 13:39

TEHRAN - Iran summoned Britain's top diplomat in Tehran on Thursday to reject accusations that the Islamic Republic was helping Syria crush anti-government protests.

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official told British charge d'affaires Jane Marriott that charges levelled by Foreign Secretary William Hague were "without any evidence or reason", the official IRNA news agency reported.

Hague told parliament this week that Tehran, an ally of Syria's in its support for anti-Israel militant groups Hamas and Hizbollah, had been helping to suppress protests where rights groups say hundreds of Syrians may have been killed.

"Iran is combining brutal suppression of opposition leaders at home with the provision of equipment and technical advice to help the Syrian regime crush protests in Syria," Hague said.

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