Foreign Boots Would Fuel Syria Flames

Foreign Boots Would Fuel Syria Flames Foreign Boots Would Fuel Syria Flames

The Foreign Ministry warned against any foreign ground incursion in Syria without the approval of the Syrian government, saying the move would only intensify the crisis in the conflict-stricken country.

Speaking at his regular press conference in Tehran on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said the Syrian crisis is a result of meddlesome approach by certain regional and extra-regional countries, Press TV reported.

"The Syrian crisis is the result of interference by certain regional and international powers that want to impose their policies on the government and the people of Syria," he said. Jaberi noted that Iran believes any action in the countries grappling with crisis should not violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of those countries and any measure taken without the approval of their governments would only lead to the escalation of the conflicts there.

The official added that renouncing terrorism and supporting inter-Syrian talks can help settle the crisis in the Arab country.

The remarks came after Saudi Arabia said on February 4 that it is ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition against the self-styled Islamic State militant group decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, welcomed the Saudi decision.

Referring to the ongoing crisis in Yemen, the spokesman said the interference of some regional countries has prevented the success of the UN-brokered peace talks aimed at settling the deadly conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

Jaberi warned that the persistence of the Yemeni crisis will strengthen terrorist groups, which threaten global security.