Bfnews: Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami lauded the resistance shown by Syria against the western pressures, and said that enemy pressures and plots against Syria are because of the country's resistance against the Zionist regime of Israel.
"Syria is also paying the price for its all-out resistance against the Zionist regime," Ayatollah Khatami said, addressing a large congregation of worshippers on Tehran University Campus on Friday.
Ayatollah Khatami, a member of the presiding board of the Assembly of Experts, said while Iran backs the reform process in Syria, it also believes that any foreign intervention in this country will only serve to deteriorate the situation.
Arrogant powers are frustrated that the Syrian government, backed by its nation, has so far withstood all Western tensions, he added.
The senior cleric further warned arrogant powers and Arab regimes, particularly Saudi Arabia, that they will be the first to suffer the consequences of any foreign military intervention in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.
This is while Assad has done a lot in recent months to reform laws and conditions in his country. The Syrian president announced the end to the state of emergency, granted citizenship to many Syrian Kurds and promised parliamentary elections later this year. In January, he issued the latest of thousands of amnesties for those detained since the uprising began.
Syria also in February held a referendum on the country's new constitution. More than 14 million Syrians over 18 could vote and almost 90 percent of the voters approved a new constitution in the referendum.
Under the new charter, freedom is 'a sacred right' and 'the people will govern the people' in a multi-party democratic system based on Islamic law.
The document allows multiple political parties to compete in elections for the legislature, sets a limit of two seven-year terms on the president, and eliminates a clause that guarantees political supremacy to Assad's Ba'ath Party.
Source : ABNA