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Iran to back Syria against 'foreign plots': official

Posted on Nov 01, 10:17AM | IANS

Iran has said it will back Syria against any "foreign plots", Xinhua reported Thursday.

During a meeting with the visiting Syrian Oil and Mineral Resources Minister, Said Hneidi, Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili said that the Islamic republic will back Syria against any "foreign plots", reported Press TV.

Jalili also said that a national dialogue held by different groups of people was the best and most effective solution to the Syrian crisis, as foreign intervention would only fuel the flames of war in the Arab nation.

"The Syrian nation has shown over the past years that it does not allow foreigners to control the affairs in this country and determine its destiny," Jalili added.

According to the US estimates, the Syrian conflict has claimed up to 30,000 lives since March 2011.

The West and some Arab countries are pushing for Assad's ouster while Russia and China are trying to prevent outside interference in Syria, saying that the Assad regime and the opposition are both to blame for the bloodshed.