TEHRAN, Apr. 15, 2014 (FNA)- Head of the Iranian parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi blamed the US for the sharp increase in terrorist activities and exacerbation of the regional crises.
"The spread of terrorism and the break-out of the regional crises are the result of the US and its allies interferences," Boroujerdi said in a meeting with his South African counterpart Fatima Hajij in Tehran on Monday. Elsewhere, he underlined Tehrans policy of expanding ties and cooperation with the African states, specially South Africa, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always wanted to expand its friendly relations with other countries within the framework of mutual respect, protection of mutual interests, and non-interference in each others internal affairs." Hajij, for her part, pointed to the recent events in the Middle-East, specially the Syrian crisis, and said, "Certain countries which claim to be advocates of democracy and human rights in the world are the main culprits behind the instability and spread of terrorism in the Middle-East and North Africa."
The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states. The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history. As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists. Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.