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Iranian Speaker: World Powers Should Respect Syrian Peoples Vote

TEHRAN, july 22, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that the world powers should respect the Syrian peoples choice for their presidency and stop supporting the terrorist groups active in the Arab country.

"The world powers should accept the Syrian peoples votes and avoid confrontation with the Syrian nation," Larijani said in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Tehran on Tuesday.

He referred to the present situation in the region, and said, "Those countries which supported the terrorists in Syria are now concerned about their situation due to the spread of the conflicts to Iraq." Larijani also appreciated the Syrian peoples resistance against the terrorists, and expressed the hope that full tranquility and peace would return to the country soon.

Laham, who is in Tehran to participate in the Inter-Parliamentary Union troika meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the dire conditions of the Palestinian people in Gaza, for his part, lauded Irans spiritual support for Syria, and said the Syrian army and people are close to the final victory against the terrorists and have made the western colonialists and the countries which support terrorism in the region understand their mistakes.

President Bashar al-Assad won a June 3 election by 88.7 percent, defeating two other candidates. Assad was sworn earlier this month for a new seven-year term in a red carpet ceremony in Damascus. Assad swore by the Koran before the countrys parliamentarians in an extraordinary session. "Syrians, three years and four months... have passed since some cried freedom," he said, referring to the start of a March 2011 insurgency. "They wanted a revolution, but you have been the real revolutionaries. I congratulate you for your revolution and for your victory," Assad told his supporters.

He said the crimes committed by the terrorists in the last three-and-a-half years showed the true colors of what the powers call a revolution. Assad said the war was waged against the Syrian people rather than the government in order to justify foreign intervention in the country. "Those who lost their way can now see clearly... the monstrous faces have been unveiled, the mask of freedom and revolution has fallen. " The Syrian leader said the war on Syria was a plot for the region, stressing that supporters of terrorists will soon pay a high price as the situation will spill over and impact themselves.

Assad also hailed the Syrian people for their resistance, saying that the latest election was a bullet at the chest of the terrorists and those who support them.


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