01 March 2020 - 12:04
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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi cautioned Israeli officials that any move against his country’s advisors in Syria will be responded harshly and crushingly, adding that Tehran will not hesitate about defending its legitimate presence in the Arab country.

RNA - Mousavi said on Friday that Tehran will give a crushing and regretful response to any aggression and foolish move by the “Zionist regime”.

His words came in reaction to the recent threats by the Israeli regime’s minister for military affairs, who claimed the Zionist regime is aiming to put an end to Iran's military presence in Syria within the next 12 months.

Mousavi referred to the terrorist nature of the “Israeli regime”, saying that the whole regime is based on occupation, plundering, and assassination.

The Iranian spokesman highlighted that the Islamic Republic’s presence in Syria is at the request of the Arab country's legitimate government to fight terrorism sponsored by the US and the Israeli regime.

He reiterated that Iran will never hesitate to defend its presence in Syria and will give a crushing response to any aggression and idiotic move by its enemies.

In May, the Syrian government rejected anti-Tehran claims, describing the presence of Iranian military advisors in the conflict-plagued Arab country as “legitimate and lawful”.

“Syria dismisses what was declared in the final statement of the emergency Arab summit in Saudi Arabia regarding the Iranian intervention in Syria’s affairs, and considers what is mentioned in this communiqué as an unacceptable interference in the Syrian domestic issues,” an unnamed source at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said.

The source added, “Syria reiterates that the Iranian presence is legitimate because it came at the request of the Syrian government and contributed to Syria's efforts in the fight against terrorism sponsored by some participants in the summit.”

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