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Decision to give Syrian rebels military aid threatens intl. security: Iran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(178).jpgTEHRAN – The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, has condemned a decision by international opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give military support to Western-backed rebels, saying such a move is a threat to international security. 
 
“This decision will certainly draw a response from the international community and will bring dishonor on these countries,” Jalili said in a meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Tehran on Sunday. 
 
The so-called Friends of Syria group, which brings together a number of Western and Arab countries opposed to Assad, agreed at talks in Qatar on Saturday to give urgent military support to Syrian rebels fighting for his overthrow, and to channel it through a Western-backed rebel military command, according to Reuters.  
 
Ministers from the 11 main countries which form the Friends of Syria group agreed “to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground.”
 
Jalili also said that regional countries would not allow certain Western powers to use the tool of terrorism to undermine the security of the region. 
 
The Lebanese foreign minister also said that arming terrorists ran counter to the claim of supporting the establishment of democracy in Syria, adding that the security of the region could only be maintained through peaceful solutions. 
 
Countries arming terrorists are responsible for killing of people 
 
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said on Sunday that the countries that had decided to provide military support to terrorists were responsible for the killing of the innocent Syrian people and the insecurity of the region.
 
He also said that the United States and its Western allies should not insist on their wrong policies on Syria and should stop supporting terrorism, the killing of people, and the destruction of Syria’s infrastructure. 
 
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