Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the Majles’ Commission for Foreign Policy and National Security, in conversation with Khane-ye mellat, the Majles’ new agency, has said: “The changes in Syria are one of the most important links in the chain of repeated defeats of America in the region.”
“With view to the fact that America is warmongering in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza, Syria was one very important link [in the chain]for the West, in particular America.”
“On the other hand, while America has not directly entered into the Syria debate, everyone knows that this country can use the resources of its European and regional allies, the billions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the resources of Turkey for changing the political structure of Syria. But in practice, after the passing of approximately two years since these events [began], today it can be said that America has been defeated in Syria.”
“Fortunately Bashar al-Assad as the legal president of Syria could with divine backing and the unceasing support of the countries of the resistance, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran and also countries such as Russia and China as the two permanent members of the Security Council, have defeated this American-Western front.”
Touting the “current successes of the Syrian army against the armed opposition,” Boroujerdi stated: “Today this issue has led to the approach of many countries, who previously believed in the overthrow of the political regime in Syria by military means, to change to political methods and negotiation, and this change of approach shows the defeat of American plans for changing the structure of the political regime in Syria.”
“With respect to the experience Lakhdar Brahimi enjoys [from his mediating role] in the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the Syrian crisis, despite all the pressure from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, he has tried to act in a moderate fashion. The appropriate positions of Ebrahimi are clearly seen in the reports of the United Nations.”
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Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of the Majles’ Foreign Policy and National Security Commission, also in an interview with Khane-ye mellat, has said that “the West is searching for excuses over determining the location of the nuclear negotiations.”
Naqavi Hosseini also commented that “determination and will from the P5+1 for the continuation of the nuclear negotiations and their yielding results is not being seen.”
“Regarding the location of Iran’s nuclear negotiations, the West also executes the same approach and on this basis announces the time of the negotiations for the beginning of January and then says the negotiations will be held in February.”
“The countries of the P5+1 in order to gain [the favor] of public opinion, won’t permit themselves to announce that negotiations have been cancelled, and so they make excuses such as the negotiations’ change of location and time, and create obstacles to the path of negotiations.”
Mohammad Hosseini, the minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, has claimed that the “crime” of the journalists recently arrested “was not media-related.”
Hosseini added: “Some of these individuals have not been arrested and have only been summoned [to receive] some explanations.”
Hosseini then seemed to backtrack on his previous comments, stating: “After obtaining news some individuals gather and transfer [this information] to the foreign media from [inside] the country and sometimes also these individuals received guidance from abroad to create disagreements amongst the authorities and whether knowingly or not, have played the role of the enemy’s fifth column. They wanted to spread despondency and hopelessness in the country.”
Protests by sugar cane workers in the southern province of Khuzestan entered their seventh day Monday.
One of the workers, as reported by the Green Movement affiliated website, Rah-e sabz, said a “satisfactory response” to the workers’ demands still has not been forthcoming.