Hezbollah Forces to Remain in Syria until Political Deal Reached: Official
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement’s second-in-command, Sheikh Naim Qassem, made assurances that the movement’s military forces will remain in war-hit Syria until a political agreement is reached there.
“The Hezbollah forces have been deployed to Syria to support resistance front,” Sheikh Qassem said in an exclusive interview with the Tasnim News Agency.
The forces will remain stationed in Syria as long as they are needed and they will not return to Lebanon until a political solution is reached in the Arab country, the cleric added.
The Hezbollah official also emphasized that the current situation in Syria is better than ever and there is a good commitment to the nationwide ceasefire there.
He added that the Syrian forces have made major advances against foreign-backed terrorist and now the grounds are provided for reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Sheikh Qassem had traveled to Iran to attend an international conference on Palestinian Intifada held in Tehran earlier this week with around 700 foreign officials and intellectuals, including 18 parliament speakers, in attendance.
Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria have gained momentum in recent weeks with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January.
The truce, which was negotiated between Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition, excludes terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.