Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran has warned Qatar about its policies on Syria, saying its “hasty” actions are “intensifying bloodshed” in that country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, made these statements after Qatar handed over its Syrian embassy to Syria’s National Coalition and Revolution forces.

Amir-Abdollahian told IRNA on Friday March 29 that Qatar’s actions were a “publicity stunt.” He added that it was a “hasty and unprecedented move” to hand over the Syrian embassy to the opposition, which he described as a “scant group lacking the approval of the Syrian people.”

He stressed that the people of Syria will never give up the right to decide the fate their own country.

He once again declared the Islamic Republic’s support for the Syrian regime and confirmed its commitment to bolstering “national dialogue” as “the most appropriate political route.”

The Syrian opposition forces outside the country established their first embassy in Doha, Qatar last Wednesday. The move came a day after the Arab League handed over its Syrian seat to opposition forces.

Iran’s foreign minister has warned that such actions will deepen the Syrian crisis even further.