Qatari ambassador to Russia: Iran has legitimate interests in Syria

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Iran has the right to defend its interests in Syria, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia, Fahd bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah told the Interfax News Agency on Sunday.

“Iran just like any other country has legitimate interests,” Al-Attiyah said. “We don’t mind these legitimate interests to be protected.”

In the interview, Attiyah blamed the Syrian regime for crushing its opposition, adding that they should be held accountable for foreign interferences in the country, not anyone else.

“What we mind is when they cross the line of legitimacy and when Iran starts, just like any other country, to entrench itself in a way that does not serve the Syrian interests, the Syrian people, when sectarianism becomes a policy in order to divide and control, and that is what we do not accept,” Al-Attiyah added.

Attiyah urged Iran to “reconsider their positions”, and said that Qatar would be happy to support Russia, Iran and Turkey “if they are genuine”.

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