Jan 23, 2018, 9:03 PM
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Leader's military advisor: Presence of US, Turkey in Syria illegal

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA – Senior advisor of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Major General Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi described presence of the US and the Turkish forces in Syria as illegal and non-judicial from Iran's point of view.

'I suppose that the Syrian government and army will not tolerate such a presence,' Rahim-Safavi told reporters on Tuesday.

He said Turkey is in coordination with the US in certain cases and Turks move within the framework of Americans' strategies.

In certain cases, Turkish officials have difference of opinion with the US, including Afrin region west of Euphrates, Rahim-Safavi added.

'What's the main issue today in the region is what is happening west of the Euphrates and the US wants to form a 30,000-strong force to help an autonomous region for Kurds south of Turkey and west of Iraq.'

Rahim-Safavi announced that on the other hand, if Kurds wish to attain autonomy, they need the Mediterranean waters to survive, so they occupied Afrin and such a presence by Kurds is violation of Syria national sovereignty.

The official said the presence of Turks in Afrin will create problems in connection with Syria and Turkey.

Rahim-Safavi said the main US strategy in the new Christian year is preserving hubs of conflict in the region and even expanding for political, economic and military exploitation.

Head of Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar made a phone call with Head of Iran armed forces chief of staff Major Genera Baqeri on Sunday with regards to the operation of the country's army on Syrian borders and Afrin region one day prior to the phone contact.

General Hulusi Akar said the main reason for bombardment and artillery fire in Afrin was concentration of terrorist groups in the area and confronting the threats posed by the groups to the villages and border cities of Turkey.

General Baqeri, for his part, said Syria's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty should not be harmed and Turkey should make it explicit that it is not eyeing the Syrian soil.

'Furthermore, such measures should not lead to abuse of Syrian nation's enemies and the enemies of the world of Islam and especially the US and its allies should not exploit the conditions in favor of their greedy goals in Syria. Such military actions should not harm tripartite political talks and Astana talks, which have thus far been successful.'


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