TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad praised the Islamic Republic of Iran for being able to thwart a recent US-Israeli-Saudi plot against the country.

The Islamic Republic recently succeeded in foiling a plot orchestrated by the US and the Zionist regime of Israel, Mekdad said on Thursday, according to SANA news agency.

The Saudi regime provided funding for the plot, he added.

Late in December 2017, peaceful protests over rising prices and economic problems broke out in some Iranian cities, but the unauthorized gatherings turned violent after a number of opportunists, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Siding with the rioters, a number of US, Saudi and Israeli officials, including Trump, did their best to hype up the unrest. The Islamic Republic, however, managed to put an end to the riots with the help of pro-government rallies held across the country.  

The Syrian official furthered criticized the UN for holding an emergency meeting following the peaceful protests, urging the United Nations, instead, to hold a debate on the number of African-Americans who are getting killed every day across the US in anti-Trump rallies.

Iranian security officials say they have hard evidence that the protests were directed from abroad.

Officials say many rioters arrested in the unrest have been trained by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) or had links with the Takfiri groups.

Following the unrest, people held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions, as long as rallies comply with the legal conditions.