Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon has reiterated that Iran will do its best to avert a new war in the region, but has warned that in case a war is waged, its flames will “consume all. ”The remarks by Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi came on Monday in a meeting with the Leader of the Lebanese Christian Free Patriotic Movement, Michel Aoun, during which the two discussed regional developments in light of the persisting US threats of a war against Syria.
“The Islamic Republic will spare no effort to prevent a new war in the region; and it is necessary that all international sides and agencies as well as governmental and non - governmental organizations use all their capacity to prevent a great human tragedy in the region, ” said the Iranian envoy.“Otherwise, if a war breaks out, the warmongers should know that its (the war’s) flames will engulf all,” he added. Roknabadi further condemned the recent aggression against Syrian Christian village of Ma’loula by the radical militants in Syria and their sacrilege of Christian sanctities. Aoun, for his part, thanked the Islamic Republic for its supportive efforts and positions regarding Lebanon. “Iran continues to make efforts toward boosting national unity, as well as peace and stability among all sides and political blocks in Lebanon,” said Aoun. The Syrian army continues to battle foreign-backed militants in the Christian village of Ma’loula, north of the capital, Damascus. The government forces fought the militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Qalamun front, who have reportedly captured some parts of the historic village. The militants attacked Ma'loula on Wednesday, September 4, and briefly entered the village a day after. But they were forced to pull out hours later following an offensive by the Syrian troops. The historic village, which is on a UNESCO list of world heritage sites, is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria, namely Mar Sarkis and Mar Takla. Three of the seven historic churches in the village were burnt by the militants.