Reports: Iran voices support for Syria
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(CNN) -- Iran is a friend and a staunch supporter of Syria, and believes international pressure on Syria stemming from a United Nations inquiry into the assassination earlier this year of a former Lebanese prime minister is unjust and unacceptable, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as reported by Iranian media.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi noted as reported by the semi-official Mehr news agency, those responsible for the February 14 bombing death of Rafik Hariri should be brought to justice.
Syria has hotly denied any involvement in Hariri's death and maintains it cooperated with the U.N. investigation headed by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis.
Mehlis' report, which found evidence that Syrian officials were involved in Hariri's death, are false and politically motivated, Syrian officials have said.
"Syria is one of our friends," Asefi said during his weekly press conference on Sunday. "The actions that are taking place against this country, headed by Israel, is an injustice."
Resolutions, he said, "must be based on truth" and should not be political tools, the news agency reported.
After the U.N. report was released, the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the U.N. investigation or face "further action."
Earlier Sunday, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, referred to "the common enemies of the two countries" and told Assad that "promotion of regional peace and tranquility and progress of Islamic countries required dialogue and exchange of views among Muslim states."
Assad, according to the IRNA report, told Ahmadinejad that world powers have mounted pressure on Syria, but the country would not abandon its rights. He called for "further strengthening of bilateral relations," the report said.
Journalist Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed to this report.
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