Following Syria strikes, Rouhani calls for closer Iran-Russia ties

Al-Monitor- Iranian officials have condemned the latest strikes on Syria by Western powers, saying that Iran will continue to support the Syrian government and that the United States will not achieve its objectives, whatever they may be.

During a speech to Iranian officials, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the strikes by the United States, Britain and France a “crime” and said, “Just as before, the Islamic Republic of Iran will stand next to resistance groups, and America will also certainly fail in its goals in the region. I directly say that the president of the United States, the president of France and the prime minister of Britain are criminals.”

Ayatollah Khamenei defended his country’s support of the Syrian government, saying that Iran came to help “brave Syrian forces against terrorists who were supported by the United States and Westerners as well as the Saudis.” He added that the United States would continue to fail to meet objectives, saying, “Some time ago the president of the United States said that they had spent $7 trillion in Western Asia and have received nothing in return. This statement is correct and from this point on, no matter how much the United States tries and spends it will not receive anything in the region.”

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