Bahram Qassemi

Iran casts doubt on US sincerity in Syria ceasefire deal

Tasnim – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the policies the US has already adopted regarding Syria call into doubt its intention to stem Syria’s six-year civil war under a recent ceasefire deal jointly brokered by Washington and Moscow.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Bahram Qassemi said it is still too early to determine the effectiveness of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire for Syria or to comment on any guarantee of success.

Given its “special relations” with Russia, Tehran is in constant consultation with Moscow via diplomatic channels and receives the necessary information on Syria, he added.

If the ceasefire deal could be extended all over Syria, it would be beneficial, but the record of US measures in Syria raises doubts about it, the spokesperson said.

Calling on the US to put an end to unhelpful measures in Syria, Qassemi underlined that any initiative in the Arab country should take into account its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“No agreement would ever materialize without considering the realities on the ground in Syria and the region,” he stressed.

On Friday, the US and Russia struck an agreement on a ceasefire in southwest Syria, as the presidents of the two countries met for the first time during a G20 summit in Germany.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, “calm prevailed” in the southwest since the truce began at noon on Sunday despite minor violations.

Iran and Russia have formed a strong alliance in recent years, with both supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government against foreign-backed militancy.

Tehran and Moscow insist that the Syrian nation is the only side that has the right to shape the future of the Arab country, which has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.