|Rohani strongly condemns chemical weapons use in Syria||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons, calling on the international community to prevent their use throughout the world, particularly in Syria.
Rohani made the remarks on Saturday on the sidelines of a visit to the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini along with his cabinet to renew their commitment to the ideals of the Founder of the Islamic Republic.
“I see it necessary to express deep concern about the current situation in the region and express regret about the situation that exists in Syria today, in which many innocent people have been injured and martyred by chemical weapons,” Rohani said.
“We completely and strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons. And the government of Iran, which is itself a victim of chemical weapons, advises the international community to make every effort to prevent the use of this type of weapons anywhere, particularly in Syria,” he said.
According to Reuters, the Syrian opposition has claimed that government forces used chemical weapons in suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday.
Syria’s government denies using such weapons and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier this week said that only terrorists could have been behind a possible chemical weapon attack on the outskirts of Damascus.
“If such a thing (a chemical attack) is true, it has definitely been carried out by terrorists and takfiri groups that have shown in practice that they do not refrain from any crime,” Zarif said during a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rohani condemned a recent Israeli air strike on Lebanon and said, “The insecurity and terrorist actions in the region indicate the fact that enemies have hatched a major plot for this region, which is more evident in Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon.”
Instability in the region only benefits Israel and harms Muslims, he said, adding that he is hopeful that the peace and stability of the region will be restored in the near future.
Israeli warplanes penetrated Lebanese airspace early on Friday and struck a target south of the capital Beirut in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
The Israeli military said that the aircraft targeted a site located between Beirut and Sidon, AP reported.
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