Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Iran will spare no effort to provide Syria with assistance in the air defense field, if Syrian government requests, commander of Iran's Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said.
He underlined that Iran's activities in Syria is only in the form of advisory help as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asserted, Tasnim news agency reported Feb. 14.
While commenting about possible deploy of Saudi Arabia's ground troops to Syria, Esmaili said that any presence in Syria without coordination with the Damascus government will bring nothing but failure.
Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government since it views the Assad regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies these accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only provide military consultations to Syrian forces.
Last December Hossein Jaber Ansari, the spokesman with the Iranian foreign ministry said that no request was submitted from Syria so far for sending fighters to the country, however Tehran would consider that within the framework of its policies and principles if Damascus issues such a request.