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French FM slams Iran, Hezbollah 'meddling' in Syria


French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attends the "Friends of Syria" meeting in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 22, 2013. Foreign ministers of governments that support the Syrian opposition gathered in Qatar after rebels welcomed recent arms deliveries they said could turn the tables on the Damascus regime. AFP PHOTO/FAISAL AL-TIMIMI (AFP)

Countries supporting Syria's rebels demanded on Saturday that Iran and Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah stop meddling in the country's civil war, French Foreign Minsister Laurent Fabius said.

"In the text that we have just released, we have demanded that Iran and Hezbollah end their intervention in the conflict," said Fabius, referring to their support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

"Hezbollah has played a terribly negative role, mainly in the attack on Qusayr," which was recaptured from rebels earlier this month with the group's help.

"We are fully against the internationalisation of the conflict," he told reporters following a meeting of foreign ministers of the so-called Friends of Syria in Doha.