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President Rouhani: Attacking Syria shameful heresy of intl relations

Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the attacks on Syria will be regarded as a shameful heresy at international relations, and advised all to be sensitive to illegal interference in regional developments.

Rouhani made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday.

Iran attaches importance to Turkey as a neighboring Muslim state; Rouhani said, adding that Tehran is satisfied with deepening of excellent ties between the two countries.

Tehran believes that expansion and deepening of all-out relations will help accelerate the pace of such cooperation, President Rouhnai said.

Tehran and Ankara should bolster relations to prevent escalation of tensions in Syria, Rouhani said.

Fight against terrorism, putting an end to civil war in Syria and restoration of security in Syria are among common goals of Iran, Russia and Turkey, he said.

The recent military strike of the US, Britain and France on Syria was a shameful heresy at international organizations letting some bullying powers to invade any country they wished, Rouhani said.

Criticizing the double-standard polices of the western countries in dealing with use of chemical weapons against Iran, he said Saddam used chemical weapons several times, but the silence of these powers proved that they are not sensitive to such moves.

Iran was among the victims of chemical weapons, President Rouhani said, adding that the country is now very sensitive with regard to the use of chemical weapons and is to strongly condemn any country using it.

When nothing has been proved and the UN inspectors have not declared the result of their investigations, no country should be allowed to take military action, he said.

Why the invading countries did not let the UN inspectors to carry out their research, President Rouhani underlined.

Under such circumstances, alleviating tension in Syria and non-interference of western countries in Syria's domestic issues should be heeded as two major principled points.

During the telephone conversation, the Turkish president, for his part, said Ankara welcomes expansion of all-out relations and cooperation with Tehran.

He also expressed the hope that the visit of the Turkish economy minister to Tehran helps increase volume of trade exchange between the two countries.

On Syrian developments, President Erdogan said the country's territorial integrity should be respected and all should know that the country's problems should be resolved through political means and also recent developments proved the significant joint efforts of Iran, Russia and Turkey in dealing with the country's developments.

Criticizing the use of chemical weapons, he said the UN inspectors should launch their investigations and all parties should help them to attain their goals.

Ankara never lets Syria be disintegrated, underlined Turkish president.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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