Iran blasts Arab League for handing platform to Syrian opposition
Iran has blasted the Arab League for allowing the Syrian opposition to fill the country's vacant seat at the Arab Summit in Doha, according to Iranian media reports.
Syrian membership of the Arab League was suspended in November 2011 and the country's seat had remained empty Syrian opposition figurehead Moaz Al-Khatib was invited to attend Tuesday's summit. Alkhatib used the opportunity to rail against the international community's action on Syria, directly calling for increased military support from the US.
Iran has supported the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad throughout the conflict in his country, regarding him as a key regional ally.
“Assigning Syria’s seat to the Arab League to those who don’t have the backing of the people establishes a pattern of dangerous behavior for the Arab world that can set a new precedent for other members of the Arab League in the future,” said deputy foreign minister, Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Iran’s student news agency (ISNA) reported.
“These actions will bring an end to the organization’s role in the region,” he added.
The Doha summit saw at least one tangible outcome, as the leaders reached agreement on the countries' right to arm the Syrian opposition, although some Arab states have been providing arms for months.