A senior parliamentarian says Iran is to keep up its advisory support for the Syrian government and military in the Arab country’s fight against foreign-backed terrorists.
“We reserve our right to support the Syrian government and people against terrorists,” Tasnim news agency quoted MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi as saying Monday.
“Based on that right, we will stand by the Syrian people and government in their fight against Daesh and other terror groups,” said the lawmaker who is also the head of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
“Iran is determined in confronting terrorism. It makes no distinction among terrorist groups, and does not subdivide them into good and bad ones as some countries do,” Boroujerdi asserted.
His remarks coincided with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning against “Iranian involvement” in Syria following a US-Russia-brokered ceasefire in several southwestern provinces, which took effect on Sunday.
“Israel would welcome a genuine ceasefire in Syria, but this ceasefire must not open the way for Iran’s military entrenchment or that of its satellites in Syria in general and in southern Syria in particular,” the Israeli premier said on Sunday.
Israeli warplanes have repeatedly bombed Syrian army positions, especially in areas near the occupied Golan Heights where Tel Aviv claims Hezbollah is carving out land for a long-term stay.
On June 18, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps fired several ballistic missiles from its bases in western Iran and destroyed Daesh positions in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr, which also left scores of terrorists dead.
The strike came in response to a terrorist attack in Tehran which killed 18 people but many analysts said it also served as a message to Israel.
Boroujerdi said the missile strike showed the length which Iran’s Armed Forces are ready to go in their response to terrorist movements.
He said “some regional parties which have Syrian and Yemeni blood on their hands back terrorists,” calling on all players in the region to clarify their stance on terrorism and end backstage patronage of the terrorists.
Boroujerdi was apparently referring to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a deadly bombing campaign against Yemen since 2015 and is widely accused of backing Takfiri terrorists.