War on Syria catastrophic for Middle East, harmful to US: Leader

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says US intervention in Syria would be catastrophic for the Middle East and extremely harmful to US regional interests.

Speaking in a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his Cabinet members in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Americans would incur losses similar to what they sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, if they decided to take military action against Syria.

“The intervention by transregional and foreign powers in a country will have no result other than kindling the flames [of war] and will increase the hatred of nations for them,” the Leader pointed out.

“Such warmongering is like a spark in a gunpowder depot whose true dimensions and consequences cannot be estimated,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader pointed to the ongoing situation in Egypt, noting that the Islamic Republic cannot turn a blind eye to the massacre of the Egyptian people.

“We are in no way interested in meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt, but we also cannot close our eyes to the massacre of Egyptians…. We condemn the massacre of Egyptian people who were not armed,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei further emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the perpetrators of such a massacre no matter who they are.

“Civil war must be seriously avoided in Egypt because a civil war in Egypt would be a catastrophe for the Muslim world and the region,” the Leader stated.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of restoration of “democracy and the popular vote in Egypt,” saying that the democratization process in the North African country is unstoppable.

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