The arming of Syria’s rebels will have “very bad implications in the region,” Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday, according to state television.

He added that “the region will face a major crisis if foreign forces, currently (covertly) present in Syria, enter the scene” and intervene militarily.

“It is ugly that countries… have flooded Syria with arms, equipping terrorist groups. It will have very bad implications in the region,” Vahidi was quoted as saying.