Iran’s Top General: No Place for Uninvited Forces in Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri insisted that the foreign forces stationed in Syria without coordination with the Damascus government should leave the Arab country.
In comments at the beginning of a visit to Syria on Sunday, Major General Baqeri said he has travelled to Damascus for a trilateral meeting of Iran, Syria and Iraq.
The top Iranian commander said one of the main issues to be emphasized in the meeting is that “the forces that are present in Syria without coordination with its government will be leaving the Syrian soil sooner or later.”
“Just as Iran is in Syria at the official invitation of the Syrian government, the presence of forces of other countries should also be arranged with and permitted by the Syrian government,” the general added.
Denouncing the “illegal” presence of foreign forces in Syria’s Idlib and eastern side of the Euphrates, the top commander underscored, “These forces should leave those regions as soon as possible.”
He further noted that the trilateral meeting of commanders would revolve around coordination among Tehran, Damascus and Baghdad in the fight against terrorism.
In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.
The terrorist groups, which claim to be Islamic but whose actions are anything but, have been committing heinous crimes not only against non-Muslims, but mostly against Muslims in the region.
Iraq and Syria have been gripped by insurgency with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, fighting their central governments.
In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of the countries and supports their legitimate governments in the face of foreign-backed militancy.