‘Syria crisis aims to protect Israel’

Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi says plots hatched to escalate Syria crisis are aimed at ensuring security of the Israeli regime.

“Developments in Syria proved that along with the public demand for reforms, a plot had been hatched to trigger crisis in Syria in order to maintain security of the Zionist regime [of Israel] and the depths of this plot is becoming more evident every day,” Roknabadi said in a meeting with Lebanese Coptic leader, Archbishop Louis Urshalimi, on Monday.

The Iranian envoy underlined the importance of strengthening solidarity among regional countries, particularly Syria and Lebanon.

Iran calls for unity…among nations to counter the Israeli regime and will spare no effort in this regard, the Iranian diplomat pointed out.

Urshalimi, for his part, pointed to Iran’s plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria, saying that dialogue is the best solution to problems in the crisis-stricken country.

He added that continuation of conflicts would have no result but more destruction.

On December 16, Iran unveiled the details of its six-point plan for Syria which calls for an immediate end to armed violence in the Arab country.

The plan also calls for sending humanitarian aid to Syrians following the end of conflicts, lifting all economic sanctions imposed against the country, and facilitating the return of displaced Syrians to their homes.

Iran’s proposal also urges talks between the Syrian government and the representatives of all Syrian groups regardless of their political and social tendencies in order to form a national reconciliation committee.

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria in March 2011.