Foreign interference root cause of regional woes: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described certain big powers’ meddling in the region as the source of regional problems today, saying the US and some European countries have had a role in causing crises in Syria and Iraq.

“The US and many European powers have played a role in bringing about bitter incidents in Syria and Iraq and, knowing this, the people of the region are rightfully distrustful of them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting in Tehran on Saturday with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

The Leader referred to the move by some Western countries’ ambassadors to meet with Syria’s opposition groups and “generously providing them with weapons” at the beginning of the Arab country’s conflicts as an example of such foreign interference.

Stressing that the solution to regional problems is in the region, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the improvement of the situation in Iraq and said the Syrian issue can also be resolved similarly provided that support for terrorism and warmongering is stopped.

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