Iran: EU 'distorting reality' over Syria accusations

By REUTERS
June 26, 2011 19:54

TEHRAN - Iran accused the European Union of "distorting reality" on Sunday after the bloc slapped sanctions on the Syrian leadership and three high-ranking Iranian officials the EU said was helping Damascus crush dissent.

Alongside extended sanctions on Syria, the EU added three commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards -- accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's suppression of anti-government protests -- to a blacklist that imposes travel restrictions and freezes assets.

"The EU's baseless claim linking Iran's Revolutionary Guards with Syrian events shows its attempt to target propaganda against the Islamic Republic and to distort reality," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in an statement.

He denied Tehran was interfering in Syria's internal affairs, saying: "The government and people of Syria enjoy the political and social maturity to resolve their domestic problems."


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