Iran will remain in Syria as long as we’re asked to – Top Security Official

Sputnik – In an extensive interview published by the Mehr news agency, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said that Tehran would continue providing assistance to Syria as long as Damascus needs its help in fighting terror.

“We reject interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and of course we do not allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs. So, at the request of the governments of Iraq and Syria, we went to these countries and fought Daesh* and Nusra Front [Jabhat Fatah al-Sham]”, he said.

The senior official noted that instead of “exporting terrorism to Syria”, Western nations should let the Syrian people decide their future.

Shamkhani’s wide-ranging interview was published the same day that Israel announced it had conducted a second air raid against alleged Iranian targets in Syria in two days.