Iran’s Zarif Says U.S. ‘Irrelevant Occupier in Syria,’ Defends Syrian Territorial Integrity -Tweet

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meets with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran in this handout released by SANA on February 25, 2019. Reuters

DUBAI, Oct 7 (Reuters) Iran‘s foreign minister said on Monday the United States was an “irrelevant occupier in Syria”, and called for respecting Syrian territorial integrity, after a U.S. pull-back of troops in northeast Syria appeared to open the way to a Turkish attack.

“US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria — futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Achieving peace & fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity & its people.”


(Reporting by Dubai newsroom Editing by Chris Reese)


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