The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Tehran
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underlined the country’s determination to continue its military advisory role in Syria, adding that the Iranian advisors are not present in the Southern parts of the Arab country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers security of Syria as its own security and maintenance of stability in Syria is resumed as an achievement for the Islamic Republic of Iran. We will continue our advisory assistance as long as the country’s (Syria’s) government demands,” Shamkhani said on Saturday.
“We have earlier announced that the Iranian advisors are not present in the Southern parts of Syria at all and they played no role in operations there,” he added.
Shamkhani, meantime, stressed that Iran strongly supports Russia’s efforts to evacuate the terrorists from the Syria-Jordan borders and the Syrian army’s control over the region.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that his country would keep its military advisors in Syria until full annihilation of terrorist groups.
Qassemi made the remarks in a press conference in Tehran when asked by reporters about the recent media claims that Russia has called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria.
“No one can force Iran to do anything and Iran will remain in Syria as long as there are terrorist groups in there and as long as the Syrian government wants,” he stressed.
“Those who have entered Syria without the Syrian government’s permission should leave the country,” he added, alluding to the US forces.