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Iran sends MPs to visit Lebanon, Syria

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi

An Iranian parliamentary delegation led by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, has embarked on a trip to Lebanon and Syria.

Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, a spokesman for the commission, told the media that two other MPs are accompanying Mr. Boroujerdi on the five-day visit.

The delegation will arrive in Lebanon on Saturday August 31 and will then travel to Syria after meeting with Lebanese and Hezbollah officials.

The trip comes as the U.S. and its allies are considering military intervention against the Beshar Assad government.

The U.S. government accuses the Assad government of using chemical weapons against its own citizens, killing more than 1,400 people, according to U.S. estimates.

Hosseini told ISNA that the Iranian delegation will have three major messages for the Lebanese and Syrian officials.

Primarily he stated that “Iran is against any form of foreign intervention against Syrian affairs and will make every effort to prevent such an event.”

According to Hosseini, the second message consists of expressing “the support of the Iranian government and people for the resistance front against the occupying regime of Qods.” The Islamic Republic refers to Israel as the “the occupying regime of Qods.

The final message, Hosseini stated, is “to emphasize Iran’s abhorrence of the use of chemical weapons.”

Iran has rejected the notion that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons and instead has suggested that the opposition forces have in fact used chemical weapons and are trying to create a pretext for foreign intervention into Syria.