Syria, Iran condemn US plan to aid anti-Assad rebels

Syrian FM meets Iranian counterpart Salehi in Tehran, accuses US of double standard, supporting "groups that kill Syrian people."

By REUTERS
March 2, 2013 15:49
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BEIRUT - Syria and Iran on Saturday condemned a move by the United States to

The assistance will include medical supplies, food for rebel fighters and $60 million to help the civil opposition provide basic services like security, education and sanitation.

Iran's Salehi said the US move would prolong the Syrian conflict, an uprising-turned-civil war in which 70,000 people have been killed.

"If you really feel sorry about the ongoing situation in Syria you should force the opposition to sit at the negotiation table with the Syrian government and put an end to bloodshed," he said.

"Why do you encourage the opposition to continue these acts of violence?"

Iran and Russia support Assad, while the United States and its allies generally back the opposition.


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