Any Plan Aimed at Disintegrating Syria to Deepen Crisis: Iran’s Shamkhani
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said any peace plan devised with the aim of disintegrating Syria or strengthening the presence of armed forces in the Arab country will only deepen the ongoing crisis.
“The full liberation of Syria (from terrorists) should take place within the framework of the country’s national sovereignty and with the consent of the (Syrian) government,” Shamkhani said at a meeting with Russian President Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in Tehran on Wednesday.
Any plan that is seeking to disintegrate Syria or maintain the presence of armed elements will cause the terrorist activities to continue and deepen the crisis in the future, he stressed.
The Iranian official further hailed close cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in the Arab country as “constructive” and said the cooperation has changed security equations in the region against terrorists.
The Russian envoy, for his part, praised Iran’s role in the political process to establish peace in Syria and said the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation have greatly contributed to peace and security in the region and the world.
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.
In the meantime, Iran and Russia have remained close allies of Syria and support its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.