Top Iranian security official stresses Iran’s role in Syria

June 3, The Iran Project – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani recently reviewed the latest developments in Syria and announced that the country will maintain its advisory role in this Arab country and continue to support for resistance groups after the US demanded that Tehran put a halt to those activities.

“As long as the threat of terrorism exists in Syria and the country’s legitimate government persists in Iran’s advisory presence, we will stay in Syria,” Shamkhani noted.

In an interview with Shargh Daily a Tehran-based Persian newspaper published Saturday , Shamkhani also said, “I congratulate to the Syrian people, government and armed forces on their recent invaluable victories against terrorists.”

“Iran was engaged in Syria after an official request by Damascus to help the country in its fight against terrorists,” he added.

The security official stated that Iran maintains a limited presence in Syria and the victories have been achieved in the country mainly by the Resistance Axis and they are specially the result of the efforts by the Syrian resistant people who have also worked towards annihilation of terrorism in the country.

In a meantime, on June 2, Syrian foreign minister thanked the Islamic Republic for sending military advisors to the war-torn county which is suffering from terrorism for more than seven years.

“Since the beginning of the crisis, Iran has supported Syria in the war against terrorism backed and financed regionally and internationally… Iran has no military presence in the Syrian territories rather there are advisers who work by the side of the Syrian Arab Army,” Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem said.

Al-Moallem noted that Iran has stood by Syria since the very beginning of the crisis in the fight against terrorism, and said, “We thank the Iranian people and leadership for their help.”

Israel has claimed to have hit Iranian military targets in Syria in recent weeks and PM Netanyahu has said Tel Aviv would not allow Iran to establish any military bases in Syria.

On May 31, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that the regime will hit Iranian targets “anywhere in Syria,” where Iranian military advisors have been giving effective assistance to the national army in its battles against Tel Aviv-backed terror groups.

“We will continue to act against [Tehran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria across from us, not just across from the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Netanyahu announced that he will travel to Germany, France and Britain next week to meet with European leaders on Iran’s presence in Syria and the 2015 nuclear deal.