IRGC commander: Saudi FM’s Syria remarks based on dreams

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A prominent commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismissed Saudi foreign minister’s recent remarks on a military solution to the Syrian crisis as being based on dreams.

“If Saudis were able to get the Yemeni issue resolved, then they could speak of military solutions elsewhere,” Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami told reporters on Monday.

He made the remarks in response to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir who said on Saturday that his country would continue to support Syrian rebels if President Bashar al-Assad could not be removed through a political process.

“We will support the political process that will result in (Assad) leaving, or we will continue to support the Syrian opposition in order to remove him by force,” Jubeir told journalists on the sidelines of international Syria peace talks in Vienna.

The IRGC commander said the Saudi foreign minister is unfamiliar with either his government’s capabilities or the facts on the ground in Syria.

General Salami further emphasized that Jubeir’s remarks are based more on dreams than realities.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with Takfiri terrorists from various groups, including ISIL, currently controlling parts of it.

According to the United Nations, more than 250,000 people have been killed and one million wounded during the conflict.

Yemen’s defenseless people have also been under massive attacks by a coalition led by the Saudi regime for nearly eight months.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies, including the UAE, began to launch deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

By Tasnim News Agency