I remember John Pilger saying, "Don't believe anything until it is officially denied." With this in mind you can't help but read between the lines of this news item, which makes you sense that there is tension between Syria and Iran about the Mughniyah assassination.
"Iranian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hamid Rida Assafi denied Syrian involvement in the assassination of Hizbullah official Imad Mognieh.
Assafi accused "Israel" of the assassination. "It serves "Israel's" objectives, and the happiness that reigned in "Israel" reveals they are behind Mognieh's assassination," he told the Lebanese daily An-Nahar.
Assafi noted discussions between Syria and Iran over the investigation. "Anyway, this is a Lebanese concern, and they must handle it. Besides, I haven't heard of any Syrian rejection of Iranian participation in the investigation," he added.
He also said that Mognieh's assassination did not influence the relationship between Syria and Iran, which is at its best.
"Syria has nothing to do with the assassination. It is 'Israel'," he reiterated.
Assafi said that Iran is morally supporting Hizbullah. "The party does not need military and financial support."
He also expressed his hope that Arab states will cooperate to ensure the success of the Arab initiative to be held in Damascus."