Iran dismisses deployment of military forces in region

FNA – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani reiterated that his country has deployed no forces in the regional states and is only providing military advisory role.

Shamkhani made the remarks on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran on Monday and in response to the question if Iran has decided to evacuate troops from the regional states after the US withdrawal from Syria.

“Iran has no forces across the region to withdraw; our forces were military advisors and just provided advice,” he underlined.

“The regional nations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen defended their countries, themselves, and we do not have any forces in the region,” Shamkhani added.

Late last month, US President Donald Trump said the US forces would be pulled out from Syria since the ISIL terror group had been defeated there.

In Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the presence of the US forces in Syria did not help the political and diplomatic settlement of the crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

“The presence of the US forces on the Syrian soil does not help reach the political and diplomatic settlement. Of course, the involvement of Washington in the relevant talks under the UN bumbershoot, the harmonious work of the US officials with (UN Envoy for Syria Staffan) de Mistura in the interests of this settlement would contribute to reaching this final goal,” Peskov told Russia’s Channel One.

The Kremlin spokesman recalled that the US presence in Syria was in violation of international law, adding that in some areas under the US control, there was a humanitarian catastrophe and terrorists were being equipped with weapons.

The spokesman also recalled that the US forces were “always withdrawing from some places,” like Afghanistan and Iraq where the US troops remain stationed for years.