Iranian FM Raps West’s Double-Standard Policies on Bahrain, Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi blasted the western states’ double-standard policies on different developments in the region, saying that while the West supports Bahrain’s dictatorial regime, it equips terrorists with weapons in Syria.

Salehi said on Wednesday that other examples of the western double-standards are their approach to developments in Syria and Bahrain.

“The western governments turn a blind eye to peaceful demonstrations of the people in Bahrain,” he added.

Earlier, a senior Bahraini opposition leader had also lashed out at Washington’s double-standard policy and approach towards developments in the region, specially in Bahrain and Syria.

Speaking to FNA in January, Spokesman of Bahrain’s February 14 Revolution Abdul Raouf al-Shayeb said that the US holds a hostile stance on the Bahraini revolution and has given the Al Khalifa regime the green light for using different tactics and criminal acts to confront people and allowed Saudi Arabia to dispatch its forces to help Manama suppress protesters.

He pointed to the US support for anti-government armed groups in Syria, and added, “Washington is exercising a double-standard attitude towards Arab revolutions, on one hand it condemns the popular revolution in Bahrain and on the other hand it supports the Syrian opposition and supplies arms to them and also asks Saudi Arabia to help the Al Khalifa massacre and suppress the people by dispatching its forces.”  Continue reading

Chavez opposes the International Interference on Syria

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, on Wednesday stressed that the Syrian people are victim of a violent colonial policy.

He asserted that he will assess the Iranian proposal on the inclusion of Venezuela in the ‘Contact Group’ to solve the crisis in Syria.

President Chavez said in a press conference, “We will study the Iranian proposal and see how we can contribute to reaching a solution to the crisis in Syria.”

Iran proposed that Venezuela, a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Iraq, as current president of the Arab League, join the coming meetings of the contact group on Syria which encompasses Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in addition to Iran.

Following the Cairo meeting, Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian stressed that his country welcomes the goal of the meeting as it is based on immediate halt of violence, maintaining Syria’s integrity and sovereignty and rejection of any foreign interference.

Source: Press TV