Syrian crackdown support 'unfounded': Iran tells Britain

9th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Iran on Thursday rejected accusations by British Foreign Secretary William Hague that Tehran is aiding its main Arab ally Syria in the violent suppression of protests, the state television website reported.

"These remarks are completely unfounded and baseless and are based on a series of lies," the unnamed official in the Iranian foreign ministry was quoted as telling the British Charge d'Affaires Jane Marriott.

"The British government does not have the qualifications to comment on other countries, as it is known for its interventionist actions and destructive role in regional developments, particularly its training of the security forces of certain countries to be used for crackdown," the Iranian official added.

Hague told the British parliament on Tuesday that Tehran was providing material for President Bashar al-Assad government.

"Iran is combining brutal suppression of opposition leaders at home with the provision of equipment and technical advice to help the Syrian regime crush protests in Syria. This is unacceptable," Hague said.

The United States and Syrian opposition groups have previously accused Tehran of helping Syrian regime to repress the opposition in which more than 1,100 people have been killed since mid-March, according to rights activists.

Iran has denied the allegations.

© 2011 AFP

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