News ID: 210011
Published: 0403 GMT February 14, 2018

Iran’s Velayati defends presence in Syria, urges US forces to leave

Iran’s Velayati defends presence in Syria, urges US forces to leave

A senior advisor to Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran’s military advisory presence in Syria is legitimate and based on the invitation of Damascus, and called on the US forces to leave the country.

Reacting to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said on Wednesday that Iran needed to withdraw military from Syria, Ali Akbar Velayati added: “Iran’s presence in Syria was based on invitation of the Syrian government.”

“Those should leave Syria who are there without the permission of the Syrian legal government,” Velayati was quoted as saying by ISNA, answering a question about Tillerson’s comments.

Iran has been offering military advisory support to the Syrian government in its battle against terrorist groups like Daesh and Nusra Front and other terrorist groups.

Iran has already said it will leave Syria after the success of the fight against terrorism.

"Iranian forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government in order to help it in the battle against terrorism," said Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian foreign minister’s senior assistant for special political affairs.

Russia has also been conducting airstrikes against terror outfits inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.

The airstrikes have helped Syrian forces advance against anti-Damascus groups, who have been wreaking havoc in the country since 2011.

Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.



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