Iranian Envoy Slams West for Backing Terrorists in Syria
Iranian Ambassador to Germany Ali Reza Sheikh Attar lashed out at the western countries and their allies in the Middle East for providing financial and military assistance to the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in Syria.
“The West had not learned from its past strategic miscalculations in Afghanistan and are now repeating the same mistakes in Syria by supporting terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front,” Sheikh Attar said, addressing a two-day international conference on Syrian in Munich.
He warned that the terrorists who have come from European countries to fight in Syria could return to their countries after the end of the Syrian war.
“The West lacks a correct understanding of the region and is actually exploiting the Syrian crisis to serve its own objectives in the Middle East,” the Iranian ambassador added.
Sheikh Attar pointed out that Iran had unveiled a five-point political plan for Syria two years ago, and said, “The plan aimed to restore peace and tranquility to the war-stricken country.”
The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.
The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.
As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.
Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.
According to reports, the western powers and their regional allies, specially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.