“A resistance chain comprising Iraq, Iran, Syria and Palestine has been formed against the hegemony of the Zionist regime [of Israel] and the US, and they seek to break this chain,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advizor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday.
“The Western countries are looking for a substitute at the heart of the Middle East and therefore they have targeted Syria,” Velayati added.
Describing Damascus as “the golden ring of the resistance chain,” the Iranian official said, “The Western countries do not intend to establish a liberal government or democracy in Syria, but they want to break the resistance chain.”
Velayati argued that the West and Israel have been funding the minority insurgent groups in Syria to help them to fight against the Syrian government.
The Leader’s advisor noted that safeguarding the chain of [anti-Israeli] resistance is of strategic importance to the Islamic Republic.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving force behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.