No Plan to Establish Military Base in Syria

No Plan to Establish Military Base in Syria No Plan to Establish Military Base in Syria

Iran is providing assistance to Syria to help defeat terrorists, but does not aim to establish a permanent military base and dominate the Arab country, the Iranian parliament speaker said. 
“We have no intention to stay in Syria and will help as long as the Syrian government wants us to; otherwise, Syria is an independent country and will work on its own,” Ali Larijani also said in a recent interview with the Qatari Al Jazeera news channel on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the International-Parliamentary Union held in Doha on April 6-10, ICANA reported.
Israel has been accusing Iran of attempting to set up a permanent military foothold in Syria allegedly to launch operations against Tel Aviv. 
Larijani dismissed claims by American and Israeli officials about Tehran’s interference in regional countries’ affairs, stressing that Iranian forces are helping Syria as well as Iraq at the request of their governments to help fight terrorism, particularly the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group. 



Principled Strategy 

We do not have a strategy to establish bases in other countries and we are opposed to that. But if a country asks for our help to fight terrorism, we will help, Larijani added. 
He said Syrian and Iraqi authorities would confirm that Iran has no permanent bases in their countries. 
The Majlis speaker also censured US President Donald Trump’s attempt to bestow a part of Syrian territory to Israel, describing it as “scandalous”. 
In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late March, Trump signed a decree saying the United States recognizes “Israeli sovereignty” over the occupied Golan Heights, which territory Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
“This will not be realized because it is only a pact between Trump and Israel,” Larijani said. 
The move has been condemned collectively by regional countries, including Turkey and Persian Gulf Arab states, as well as Europe, that have described it a threat to the Middle East peace and security, and a violation of the United Nations Charter and of international law.

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