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Defend Syria from US: Iranian official in Egypt

The head of Iran parliament`s foreign affairs committee accused US of seeking to destabilise Syria.



Cairo: The head of Iran`s parliament`s
foreign affairs committee accused the United States of seeking
to destabilise Syria after talks in Cairo with Arab
League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

Alaeddin Borujerdi`s visit to Cairo was the first since
former president Hosni Mubarak resigned in February after 18
days of massive streets protests.

Borujerdi told reporters he discussed with Arabi
"changes" sweeping some Arab countries, including the unrest
in Syria where rights groups say a government crackdown on
pro-democracy protesters has killed more than 2,000 people.

"We must help Syria so we do not allow the United States
to interfere in regional affairs," Borujerdi told reporters,
accusing Washington of trying to destabilise Iran`s ally
Syria.
His call comes a day after Kuwait and Bahrain withdrew
their ambassadors from Damascus, following in the steps of
Arab heavyweight Saudi Arabia, in moves welcomed by the
United States.

Washington has said it is "encouraged and heartened" by a
tougher Arab stand on Syria.
The recalls have increased the regional isolation of
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, which has also come under
mounting criticism for its deadly crackdown on protesters
including from the Arab League.

Arabi on Sunday urged the Syrian authorities "to bring an
end immediately to acts of violence and campaigns by the
security forces against civilians."

Borujerdi meanwhile called for closer ties between Egypt
and Iran.

Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Shiite Iran after its 1979
Islamic revolution, and Mubarak`s government constantly
accused Iran of meddling in Egypt and region.

Arabi had previously said, during his stint as foreign
minister after Mubarak`s ouster, that Egypt wanted to improve
ties with Iran but warned Tehran of interfering in Arab
affairs.

Bureau Report

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