Restoration of Mideast Stability Bolsters Iran’s Security

Restoration of Mideast Stability  Bolsters Iran’s SecurityRestoration of Mideast Stability  Bolsters Iran’s Security

A senior official said assisting war-torn Middle East countries to restore stability would help strengthen Iran's security.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made the statement in a speech to navy commanders in Tehran on Saturday, ISNA reported.

He said if Iran does not confront extremists in Syria and Iraq, it would have to fight them at its borders and that is one of the reasons why it helps regional states to combat terrorists.

Besides, Velayati said if Iran wants to create unity among Muslim states, the "resistance front" (against the Zionist regime) would provide a firm basis.

Describing the underlying reason of Syria's conflict, Velayati said the US and its allies that seek a "fragmented and weak Middle East", tried to break the chain of resistance front in the region (to prevent Islamic unity and improve the security of Israel).

"They thought Syria is a weak member of the front and they can break the chain (by pursuing the policy of regime change in Syria)," he said.

"But we will not let them, as Syria is a key member of resistance front."

Velayati said Iran will support the government of Bashar al-Assad that has stood against terrorists for five years and is loyal to Syrian people.

Criticizing the interference of a few Arab states in the domestic affairs of Syria, the advisor said some countries, which have never experienced democracy, are talking about the democratic rights of Syrian nation.

Speaking to reporters after the speech, Velayati said the recent UN Security Council resolution targeting the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group's finance supplies has come too late.

"Today, we have witnessed terrible atrocities and widespread devastation carried out by the IS in Iraq and Syria."

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution strengthening legal measures against those doing business with terrorist groups on Thursday.

The advisor said the priority of the West is not changing Assad's government anymore and the expiration date of the IS has arrived.

Velayati said westerners and their regional partners should be held accountable for crimes against humanity as they supported terrorist groups in Syria.

"They must answer questions in international courts," he said.