Spokesman: Iran to Stand by Syrian Nation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh underlined that Iran will stand by the Syrian people in the reconstruction of their country, and said that Iranian companies will take part in Syria's economic and cultural development.
Khatibzadeh expressed solidarity with the Syrian people in their resistance to terrorism, and said, "The Iranian government and nation will stay by the Syrian government and nation."
Khatibzadeh is on a visit to Syria to meet with Syrian officials and to attend think-tank meeting with elites and Syrian media.
During his stay, he has met with Syrian Foreign Minister Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on the latest developments in the region and the cultural and media cooperation between Iran and Syria.
He also held meeting with political and media adviser to the President of Syria Bouthaina Shaaban and the Syrian Minister of Culture.
In a relevant development on Friday, Khatibzadeh condemned the recent US air raid on Eastern Syria, calling it a flagrant violation of human rights and international law and in line with the aggressive moves of Israel.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement that the airstrikes against Syria are in blatant violation of international law, adding, “Such attacks against Syria are a continuation of the Israeli regime’s unabated aggression on the Arab country’s territories.”
“The attacks … have taken place in a context in which US forces have illegally entered Syrian territory in recent years, occupying parts of the country and looting its natural resources, including oil," Khatibzadeh continued.
“Illegal US bases on Syrian soil also train terrorist forces and use them as tools,” he further said.
Khatibzadeh also blasted the US attacks as a clear violation of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity that would accelerate military conflicts and further destabilize the region.
The Pentagon released a statement late Thursday confirming earlier reports that the US had carried out airstrikes inside Syrian territory. The statement said the strikes, conducted at President Joe Biden's behest, targeted multiple facilities used by Shia groups, including Kata'ib Hezbollah and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
The US Department of Defence called the strikes a "proportionate military response" in the wake of rocket attacks on US forces in Iraq by unknown assailants.
The administration of Donald Trump similarly blamed Kata'ib Hezbollah for attacks on US forces in late 2019, and responded by striking its positions in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq, before assassinating Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in January 2020.
Later Iraqi intelligence and military personnel told US media that the original attack on US forces was likely carried out by Daesh (alsow known as ISIL or ISIS) remnants, not Kata'ib Hezbollah.