Iranian FM says a military attack on Syria is illegitimate

‘Military attack on Syria illegitimate’

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:30:48 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says any military action on Syria lacks “legitimacy,” calling for international efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.

Speaking to his Kazakh counterpart Yerlan Idrisov in a telephone conversation on Monday, Zarif decried a strike on Syria and stressed that international efforts should focus on encouraging all sides in the Syria conflict to hold talks to settle the turmoil.

He also condemned the use of chemical weapons by anyone and called for the quick release of the unbiased result of the investigation of UN inspectors about chemical weapons in Syria.

In a separate Monday telephone conversation with Filipino Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario, Zarif expressed concern over unilateral military intervention in Syria.

“Resorting to force is totally unlawful and disturbs international security and peace and [it] will aggravate and intensify the crisis in the Middle East,” he said.
During another telephone talk with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman, the Iranian said that foreign military intervention will complicate the Syria crisis and exacerbate instability, terrorism and extremism in the region.

The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he had decided to launch a military attack against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons and now seeks congressional consent for the move. Lawmakers will debate the issue upon return from recess on September 9.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a black operation.

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