Syria paying price for resistance against Israel: Larijani

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Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani (L) and his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Jihad al-Laham attend a press conference in Damascus on December 21, 2014.
Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says Syria is paying the price for its resistance against the Israeli regime, vowing Tehran’s full support for a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

Addressing reporters in a joint press conference with Syria’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Damascus on Sunday, Larijani said the Syrian government and nation should be supported in their resistance against the Israeli regime.

“Many countries whose officials are presently speaking about terrorism and Syria, have stood by the Zionist regime (Israel) in [its] wars against Lebanon and Palestine,” the Iranian Majlis speaker added.

He noted that terrorists have been fighting the Syrian government over the past four years under the pretext of establishing democracy in the country but they suddenly occupied parts of Iraq.

This indicates that the terrorists’ fight has nothing to do with democracy, he added.

The Iranian official further criticized the US and its Western and Arab allies for the way they are countering terrorism, adding that they would finally realize the kind of trouble they have put themselves in.

Larijani emphasized that the US pursues a “tactical” approach to the fight against terrorism, calling it a “strategic mistake.”

He further warned that the crisis in Syria and other woes in the region are only beneficial to the Israeli regime.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The ISIL terrorists, who control parts of Syria and Iraq, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

The ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

More than 200,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict in Syria, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.

The Syrian parliament speaker, for his part, said his country would give an appropriate response at a proper time to Israel’s attacks on Damascus which are carried out with the purpose of defending Takfiri terrorists.

Laham added that the Syrian nation would finally achieve victory against Tel Aviv.