Iran’s FM: We Will Not Let Syria Falls Into the Hands of Israel or US

Ali Akbar Salehi and Bashar al-Assad (Photo Credit: SANA)

Ali Akbar Salehi and Bashar al-Assad (Photo Credit: SANA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reaffirmed Tehran’s support from Syria in a meeting with the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday.

“It’s time to stop Zionist regime aggressions against the people of the region,” Salehi said Assad on recent Israeli air strike on Syria.

“We’re on your side and will not let Syria fall into the hands of Israel or U.S. or Takfiris,” he added.

After the meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister, Bashar Assad was quoted by Lebanese Al-Manar TV as saying the country is able to confront Israeli aggression.

“The recent Israeli aggression expose the size of the complicity between the Israeli occupation, regional countries, and the West in backing the current events in Syria,” Assad said in his first remarks since Israeli warplanes conducter airstrikes on Syria over the weekend.

“The Syrian people and their heroic army… are capable of confronting this Israeli adventure, which represents one of the faces of terrorism that is targeting Syria every day,” he added.

Ali Akbar Salehi, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday in the first leg of his Middle East tour.

In Amman, Salehi had separate meetings with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour on Tuesday.

In Amman, Salehi stressed Iran’s opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria and called for a negotiated solution to the crisis in the Arab state.

“We reject any foreign intervention in Syria and we don’t want Syria to plunge into crisis…,” Salehi said in a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, in Amman on Tuesday.

“The Syria crisis and its consequences for the region are very heavy, and must be peacefully settled within the framework of a Syrian-Syrian solution. [If] any political vacuum occurs in this country, its consequences would affect all [regional] countries,” he said.

On Friday and Sunday, Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes on Syria. Afterwards, the Syrian government called the attacks a “flagrant violation of international law.”

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent letters to the UN Security Council stating that Israel’s aggression shows the links between Tel Aviv and terrorist groups operating in Syria, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi told reporters in Damascus on Sunday that Syria had the right and the duty to defend its people by all available means and it would not give in to Israeli acts of aggression.

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