Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Iran warns US 'will lose in the Middle East'

The United States will not achieve its goals in the Middle East, Iran's

leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned today on state television.

"Realities in the region show that the arrogant front, headed by US and its

allies, will be the principal loser in the region," the broadcast quoted

Khamenei as saying in a meeting with Syrian president Bashar Assad.

Assad left Iran today after a two-day visit to discuss Iraq and other regional

issues with senior Iranian officials, including Khamenei and president Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad.

During his visit, Assad accused the US and Israel of trying to harm the

regional positions of Iran and Syria by raising questions about their roles in

Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

"Through effort and co-ordination we have to enlighten public opinion about

the ominous aims of the US and Zionists," said Assad.

Ahmadinejad expressed similar concerns when he accused the US and Israel of

targeting Islamic countries under the pretence of achieving peace.

"They imply that they are pursuing peace and security in the region, however

they want to improve their and the Zionists' position in the region and hit

Islamic countries," Ahmadinejad said.

The US has accused Syria of not doing enough to prevent militants from

crossing its border into Iraq and has blamed Iran for supporting Shiite militias

in attacks that have killed American troops.

Iran and Syria have long been close allies.

During the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Syria was the only Arab country to support Iran.

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