Iran Says Arming Syria Rebels Will Destabilise Region

Iran Says Arming Syria Rebels Will Destabilise Region

The arming of Syria’s rebels will have “very bad implications in the region,” Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday, according to state television.

He added that “the region will face a major crisis if foreign forces, currently (covertly) present in Syria, enter the scene” and intervene militarily.

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of arming the opposition in Syria, in collusion with the United States and Israel, to overthrow the regime of Tehran’s key ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that the Syrian conflict has become a “proxy war, with regional and international players arming one side or the other.”

Tehran denies it has sent any troops to aid Assad’s regime.

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