In a recent interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Iran's capabilities and role are so important that cannot be replaced by any regional or extra-regional forces.
Commenting on interactions between Iran and Syria, Jaberi Ansari said the main axis of joint cooperation between the two countries was to preserve the [legitimate] Syrian government and prevent Takfiri-terrorist currents from dominating the country, IRNA reported.
Noting that Syria has been suffering from unrest and terrorist acts since March, 2011, he pointed out that history of Iran-Syria is older than the Syrian crisis.
Talking of occupation of Syria, Jaberi Ansari said the first foreign forces which should leave Syria are those occupiers who have been present in vast area of Syrian soil and Golan Heights since 1973 war [between Israel and Arab states including Syria.]
The next, which should go out from Syria, he said, are those who have entered the country without permission from the legitimate Syrian government and are supporting the terrorist groups to prepare the ground for toppling the government.
Ansari stressed all those forces including foreign, American and non-American ones should leave Syria as soon as possible.
The senior Iranian official said those forces that went to Syria upon the request of the Syrian government will also return home by the Syrian government’s agreement when it overcomes crisis and the normal conditions resume, he said.
“Syria belongs to Syrian nation and government,' Jaberi Ansari underlined.