Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani once again blamed the US and its allies for the ongoing crisis in Syria, saying the status quo in the Muslim country today is a direct result of the warmongering attitude of the US and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Syrian crisis is rooted in the warmongering of the US and its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last decade,” Larijani said in a meeting with the members of the International Peace Pilgrimage Movement in Tehran on Wednesday.
The ‘Peace Pilgrimage to Syria’ is an international humanitarian mission joined by people and academic and political elites from across the globe to help the Syrian people by supplying them food and medicine during a visit to the crisis-hit country in the next few days.
Larijani noted that the military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq has had no result other than spreading terrorism in the region and the world, and said, “We are now witnessing regrettable incidents in Syria and terrorists’ efforts to destroy that country.”
The Iranian parliament speaker also thanked the International Peace Pilgrimage Movement, and said, “We hope that this movement can help establish sustainable peace in the region.”
The pilgrimage program in Tehran started on 6 April for four days, during which the delegation visited three Iranian cities, including Tehran, Isfahan and Qom. The International delegation is comprised of l8 people from many countries, including Pakistan, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Lebanon, etc.
The International delegation has come to Tehran to join a large Iranian delegation and travel together to Damascus to bring medicines and humanitarian aid to the people of Syria.
In Damascus they will join pilgrims from the United Kingdom and other countries, organized by ‘Peace Pilgrimage to Syria’ and hosted in Syria by Mussalaha Peace and Reconciliation Movement and other friends. They will spend 4 days in Syria, visiting cities, refugee camps, Religious Shrines, etc., where they will join local communities working and praying for peace and reconciliation in Syria. They will return via Beirut after their Iran and Syria visits.
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.