US Border Force Plan ‘Blatant Interference’ in Syrian Affairs: Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi criticized US plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led “border security force” in Syria, describing the move as “blatant interference” in the Arab country’s internal affairs.
Qassemi made the remarks on Tuesday after the so-called military coalition led by the United States in Syria announced it was planning to set up a new large border force of up to 30,000 personnel with the aid of its militia allies in the war-torn Arab country.
The deployment of the force to the borders of the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would worsen the Syrian crisis, he stressed, adding that the move is “clear interference” in the internal affairs of Syria and would fan the flames of instability in the Arab country.
“The issue to reflect upon is that this decision by the Americans comes at a time when Syria’s army and its allies have managed to achieve great victories in their fight against the terrorist groups of Daesh and al-Nusra,” Qassemi further said.
He called on Washington to reconsider its meddlesome and destructive policies towards the region, withdraw its forces from Syria and let the Syrian people decide their own fate.
Russia has also warned that the nascent US force threatens to fuel tensions in the Kurdish city of Afrin, northwest Syria.
Turkey's president, too, denounced the move, vowing to “drown this terror force before it is born,” as Syria also rejected the idea.