Amman: Political solution is the only way to address the crisis in Syria, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has said, the media reported on Wednesday.
Ensour made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Tamam Salam, where he said after four years of the crisis in Syria, the entire world says the only solution to the crisis in Syria is a political one, Xinhua news agency reported.
He said Jordan does not interfere in the affairs of neighboring Arab states.
“We have no spies or agents in Syria. We have no aspirations to expand or annex any territory of Syria,” the prime minister said, adding that Jordan is keen on the interest of Syria.
Ensour said Jordan which has long border with Syria does not support any armed groups in Syria, adding that Jordan is facing major negative consequences due to the continued influx of Syrian refugees and pressure on several sectors in the country.
For his part, the Lebanese prime minister voiced hope for restoration of stability in Syria, adding that Jordan and Lebanon faced common challenges amidst the crisis.
He voiced hope that regional and international players will stop worsening the situation in Syria. “The international community should exert more efforts to find a political solution to the situation in Syria,” he said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced the United States Tuesday as the actual “head of global terrorism,” one day after the U.S. designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.
The move was the first time the U.S. designated part of another government as a terrorist organization.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” President Donald Trump declared in a statement. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
The U.S. action, which takes effect next week and includes the IRGC’s elite secretive Quds Force, means it will be a federal crime to provide any type of support to the IRGC.
Rouhani said the U.S. designation would only bolster the reputation of the Revolutionary Guards and promote harmony among Iranians.
“This mistake will unite Iranians and the Guards will grow more popular in Iran and in the region,” Rouhani said. “America has used terrorists as a tool in the region while the Guards have fought against them from Iraq to Syria.”
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a group of guards Tuesday, describing the U.S. action as a “vicious move” that “will bear no fruit.”
After Iran’s legislature convened for an open session in Tehran Tuesday, lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted, “Death to America.”
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized the U.S. decision as the “climax of stupidity and ignorance.” Supreme National Security Council spokesman Keivan Khosravi warned without elaborating that “any unusual move by American forces in the region will be perceived as the behavior by a terrorist group.”
China, an economic partner of Iran, urged countries outside the Middle East to promote peace and stability in the region and to avoid any acts of aggression.
“We oppose power politics and bullying by any countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
Minutes after the announcement from the White House on the designation Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the IRGC “organizes and executes terror campaigns around the world.”
U.S. officials, in comments to reporters, are also referring to the IRGC as a “death cult” that, they say, is the true face of Iranian foreign policy.