Chemical Attacks in Syria: Rafsanjani blames US and its allies.
While Iran’s envoy to Lebanon, Qazanfar Roknabadi, has stressed the support of the Iranian administration for the Syrian people and the governance in Damascus, the former Iranian President and Expediency Council Chairman, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, blamed Washington and its allies for the recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
The Expediency Council Chairman and former Iranian President, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said in new remarks from Tuesday that the US administration in Washington and its allies as well as their “hirelings in Syria” are responsible for the chemical weapons attacks in the Arab country.
According to the statements by the former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the US administration in Washington had prepared everything in advance and the officials of the United States have even said that they had known that the chemical substances were due to be used in Syria three days before the chemical attack took place in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The report says that the Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani made these statements at the last meeting of the Expediency Council in Iran’s capital Tehran on August 31 – at least, according to an informed source.
These statements by the former Iranian President are a response to the previous reports by certain Western media that Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani would have blamed the Syrian governance in Damascus for the chemical weapons attacks (e.g. Sarin nerve agent) against Syrian civilians.
Thus, the information by the informed source refutes the reports published by certain Western media. However, both reports cite unnamed sources. At least, it seems very far-fetched that the former Iranian President would blame the Syrian government in Damascus for the use of chemical weapons.
Further, the alleged informed source who is said to be a member of Iran’s Expediency Council also stated that the former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran has called on all Iranian officials “to act vigilantly and wisely in the current situation” and to continue the support for the Syrian nation.
The former Iranian President has allegedly said that the support for Syria and Lebanon “should continue since these countries are in the forefront of resistance against Israel,” and this statement does not sound far-fetched – it fits to the usual statements by the former Iranian president and Iranian officials.
As mentioned, Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Qazanfar Roknabadi, also made some new statements in terms of the conflict in Syria and the possible US-led war against Damascus. The Iranian envoy to Lebanon said that the administration in Iran is closely monitoring the developments in and around Syria.
Qazanfar Roknabadi also underlined the support of Iran for the Syrian people and the government in the capital, Damascus. Qazanfar Roknabadi made these remarks in a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Lebanon as well as with the Syrian counterpart in the capital, Beirut.
The Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon then referred to a visit by the Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, to Syria and Lebanon and said that Tehran supports the people in Syria and also the current political system of the Syrian nation.