Iran says Hezbollah still in Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 3
By Emil Ilgar – Trend:
Lebanese Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah has been continuing its presence in Syria despite having “many martyrs” there, Ali Akbar Velayati, director of the Strategic Studies Center of Iran’s Expediency Council, said Jan. 3 during a conference in Tehran, Mehr News Agency reported.
After a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, Velayati said that Iran hasn’t changed its principal position on the Syrian issue and continues supporting Syrian government and people.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Dec. 29 that agreements were achieved on a ceasefire in Syria and the readiness to start peace talks.
“Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have for so long looked and worked for. Three documents have been signed. A ceasefire between the Syrian government and the armed opposition is one. A package of measures to control the ceasefire is another. And a declaration of readiness to enter peace talks on a settlement in Syria is the third,” Putin said at a meeting with Russian foreign and defense ministers.