By Elise Viebeck - 03/02/13 02:11 PM EST
Iran and Syria are blasting the United States for providing funds, food and medical supplies to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryWatchdogs warn of 'serious' conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation Kerry: More 'work to do' in avoiding civilian casualties in Yemen Chaffetz presses Kerry on Clinton Foundation MORE announced this week that, for the first time, the United States would provide non-lethal aid directly to anti-Assad forces.
At a joint press conference in Tehran on Saturday, the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called the policy a "double-standard."
Assad's supporters — which include Iran and Russia — describe the uprising as a terrorist campaign.
"I do not understand how the United States can give support to groups that kill the Syrian people," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said Saturday. "This is nothing but a double-standard policy ... One who seeks a political solution does not punish the Syrian people."
The new U.S. aid is designed to boost the rebels and pave the way for a peaceful political transition. It includes $60 million for opposition groups.
The Syrian civil war has killed 70,000 since it began in 2011, according to Reuters.