News ID: 8659
Publish Date: 02 July 2012 - 16:55
The Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission held a meeting on the developments in Syria on Monday with the foreign ministry and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) officials in attendance.
"The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission held a meeting to study the Syrian issue in the presence of a number of officials from the foreign ministry and the SNSC to hear their report on the trend of the recent developments in Syria," member of the Commission Esmayeel Kosari said on Monday. 

According to Kosari, the Iranian MPs were briefed about the activities of the Syrian dissidents and opposition groups and also the interference of certain regional countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the Zionists and trans-regional states like the US and the EU. 

During the meeting, the legislators asked their questions and made some proposals to the government officials, he added. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country. 

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes. The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad. 

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria. 

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States. 

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure. According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. 

Opposition activists who three months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

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