Iran’s Top Security Official Warns of US Plot to Revive ISIL, Create New Crisis
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned that the US which has failed in its plots against the regional states is now seeking ways to foment crisis again and revive the ISIL terrorist group.
The US is outraged by the collapse of the ISIL in Syria and Iraq and the victory of the Resistance Front and it is now seeking to create new crises in the region, Shamkhani said in meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also cautioned that the conspiracy of creating a security crisis in Syria is an American-Zionist plan which will cause dangerous consequences and harm the region’s security.
The occupation of Syria by any country will perpetuate insecurity and spread the scope of violence, Shamkhani said.
He strongly condemned the constant invasion of the Zionist regime against Syria.
Shamkhani also pointed to the strategic relations between Iran and Syria in political and security fields, stressing that the two countries should expand strategic relations in all fields.
He also announced Iran’s readiness for the expansion of relations between the two countries.
Mikdad, for his part, appreciated Iran’s all-out support for the Syrian people, saying that the two countries began a new chapter of cooperation, especially in economic fields since the defeat of the terrorism front and the creation of relative stability in Syria.
He also called the illegal presence of the US in Syria a violation of sovereignty principle and aggression to the territorial integrity of Syria, adding that the US is seeking to revive terrorism to prevent permanent stability in the country.
Mikdad also described the continuation of the Zionist regime’s vicious measures in the region and recurring invasions to Syria as an overt example of terrorism and provocative action, saying that military aggression and oppressive sanctions cannot disrupt the Syrian people’s will in resisting coercion of the enemy.
He referred to the potentials of the two countries and the Syrian people's interest in the Iranian products, and called for the further presence of Iranian private and state companies in Syria.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Mikdad said that his country attaches special importance to the development of trade and economic relations with Iran, and called for the removal of sanctions against both states.
“Syria pays special attention to strengthening trade relations with Iran. We welcome any efforts to end the sanctions. We welcome any cooperation with Iran in Syria,” Mikdad said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran.
He also called for the removal of all sanctions against Iran and Syria.
Elsewhere, Mikdad referred to Israel’s attacks against Syria, and said, “These attacks against Syria will not remain unanswered.”
“I assure you that Syria is responding to these aggressions in various ways, including by prosecution of remnants of terrorist groups many of whom are supported by Israel,” he added.
“The Israelis should know that Syria enjoys power to respond to their attacks,” Mikdad warned.
The Syrian foreign minister also held a meeting with Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in Tehran on Monday.
During the meeting, he conveyed the message of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and invited President Rayeesi to visit the country, saying, "Syria is determined to activate all capacities for cooperation with the aim of growing Tehran-Damascus relations in the interest of the two nations."
The Syrian people will never forget the support and assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said, adding, "Syria puts a great emphasis on the continuation of the sustainable and powerful relations that the leaders of the two nations have created, and the blood of Martyr (Lietenant General Qassem) Soleimani guarantees the deep bond between the two nations and we believe that Martyr Soleimani belongs to all of us and we will not forget the sacrifice of our martyrs."
"The US uses the evilest methods in its relations with some countries in the region and seeks to dominate and humiliate the Zionists in the region by disrespecting and humiliating them," Mikdad said.
"With the resistance of the Syrian people and the Resistance Front, the conspiracies of the US, the Zionist Regime and its allies in the region have failed, and today they have reached the point that Syria has not failed and they have changed their approach," he said.