Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 18
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in African and Arab Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian has said that Syrian President Bashar Assad has to be part of any solution to the Syrian crisis.
"Terrorism in Syria has met failure and is approaching its inevitable end," he asserted, ISNA news agency reported March 18.
"The role of Bashar Assad in preserving Syria's national unity and fight against terrorism is undeniable," Abdullahian stated.
He further said that Iran recognizes Syria's public resistance, leadership, and political approach to the ongoing crisis.
"We are proud to announce that the Islamic Republic of Iran stood by the Syrian people and did not allow the country to end like Somalia or Libya," he underlined.
"It would be a wrong assumption to think that the region will remain safe while Syria is unstable."
Some western media have underscored the significant role of Iranian forces in fighting against the ISIL. The media reports say Iranian forces have a decisive presence on the battlefield. Meanwhile Iranian officials said the Islamic Republic only acts as an advisor to Iraq and Syria in fighting ISIL.
The ISIL currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria. It started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but that it will continue to provide support for both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid.
Edited by CN