Iran tells US to get out of Syria, whether it wants to or not
“Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the Reuters news agency citing Iran’s Tasnim news agency.
“Now 90 percent of Syrian soil is under the control of the government and the rest will soon be freed by the Syrian army,” he added during a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Tehran.
Trump last month claimed the Islamic State terror group had been defeated in Syria and said all US troops were “coming back now.”
The US president had long questioned America’s multiple and seemingly interminable wars, but his withdrawal order came as a shock to Washington, upending years of doctrine in Syria.
Despite Trump’s decision, the US still has 2,000 or so troops in Syria and only non-essential gear has been pulled.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also slammed the US on Wednesday, tweeting that its “hostility has led it to support dictators, butchers & extremists, who’ve only brought ruin to our region.”
However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country would be ready to establish “friendly relations” with the United States if it apologized for past wrongs.
“Our slogan is friendly relations with the whole world,” he said.
That would even include “America, if it repents… and apologizes for its previous interferences in Iran, and is prepared to accept the greatness and dignity of the nation of Iran and the great Islamic Revolution,” he said.
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