No plans by Iran to interfere in Syrian civil war
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
No plan is discussed in Iran for interfering Syria's civil war, Secretary of the Expediency Council of Iran, Mohsen Rezaei said.
Rezaei made the remarks while reacting to some foreign media outlets saying Tehran is expected to invoke its 2006 mutual defense pact with Syria and transfer troops to Syria to support President Bashar Assad.
Rezaei said that such issues have never been discussed among Iranian officials, Iran's Mehr news agency reported June 6.
The Iranian official further said that Iran's policy on Syria crisis is clear from the beginning.
"Our help to regional countries includes only advisory and humanitarian aids," he said.
Direct involvement in the war or sending troops to any regional country was not discussed in the Islamic Republic's governmental bodies so far, Rezaei asserted.
Iran is a close ally of the Syrian government and has always shown its support for the regime of President Assad.
Syrian opposition claim that Iranian military forces are fighting against them, while Iran dismisses the claims, saying that Iran only has advisors in Syria, to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army.
During the conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, more than 150,000 people have been killed in the country and over 4.2 million have become refugees in Syrian territory and two million have fled to neighboring countries.
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