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- UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures
- Political Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison Celebrate Norooz
- Mehrdad Ahmadzadeh’s Bail Confiscated by the Court
- A Civilian Died in Police Custody in Isfahan
- “Iran must make difficult choices” France tells the UN
- Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
- Iran’s Hard-Liners Show Restraint on Nuclear Talks With U.S.
- ‘Spiderweb’ of sanctions means Iranian oil unlikely to flood the market
- U.S. Boosts Military Presence in Gulf Waters as Iran Deal Inches Closer
- Expect Russian spoiler in Iran nuke talks: Critic
- Identity of Killer of Zahra Kazemi is Known
- Negar Haeri Released on the Bail
- Fariba Ashtari Begins Her 2-Year Sentence in Yazd Prison
- Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums
- Iran to let foreign women watch men's volleyball tournament
- Iranian women stand united in protest and hope at Asian Cup
- Has Iran Overreached Itself in Yemen?
- U.S. on Both Sides of Tensions Between Iran, Saudi Arabia
- Sunnis opposing Iranian hegemony in Yemen war
- Yemeni journalists face increasing danger as conflict worsens
- Iran Spymaster Qasem Suleimani for President?
- Yemen is latest in string of victories for Iran
Sunday 23 October 2011
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticised the killings in its ally Syria sparked by the government's violent crackdown on dissent.
In his most outspoken comments yet, Mr Ahmadinejad told CNN: "Nobody has the right to kill others, neither the government nor its opponents."
He said Iran would encourage all sides to reach an understanding, but warned the US not to intervene in Syria.
Syria has close ties with Iran, which suppressed its own protests in 2009.
Iran has also put down or prevented about a dozen protests since the wave of anti-government uprisings in the Middle East began earlier this year.
"We are going to make greater efforts to encourage both the government of Syria and the other side, all parties, to reach an understanding," Mr Ahmadinejad said in the interview with CNN.
He warned against any outside intervention in Syria, in particular by the US.
"The positions of the United States are not going to help. They have never helped," he said.
Iran has been muted in its criticisms of Syria, its most important ally in the region.
However in September, Mr Ahmadinejad spoke of "needed reforms", while the Iranian foreign minister called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "be accountable to his people's legitimate demands".
Shia Iran is regarded with suspicion by its Sunni Arab neighbours. Syria's government is dominated by the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam.