Iranian Envoy Rules Out Military Support for Syria
Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi announced on Saturday that the Iranian government doesn’t intend to send military support for Syria. The European Union has repetitively accused Iran of supporting the Syrian government logistically and financially.
“Syria is currently taking advantage of a powerful army. In recent years, the Iranian government has dispatched neither soldiers nor intelligence agents to Syria. All the reports suggesting Iran’s military support to Assad are baseless and fake,” Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said in an interview with Russian news agencies.
The Syrian Free Army had managed to detain 37 members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) contributing to the Syrian government last year. The identities of the arrested persons were verified by the Syrian Free Army. Iran in cooperation with Qatar and Turkey succeeded to release the arrested agents.
“Iran doesn’t have any plan to ship weapons and arms to the Syrian government. According to media reports the Syrian Army has enough arms and weapons to combat with internal and external threats,” the Iranian envoy to Russia added.
Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi also talked about the role of Islamic militant groups in Syria. “Lebanon’s Hezbollah didn’t mean to enter into the Syrian war. But the recent measures taken by insurgents have made the Hezbollah to dispatch soldiers to Syria in order to support the Syrian Army.”
As the tensions between Iran and Israel over the country’s nuclear program are increasing on daily basis, Iran has increased support to the Syrian government. Syria cooperates with Iran in smuggling arms to the Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Islamic militant group is fighting against Israel.
It is worth mentioning that during the Iran–Iraq War, the Syrian government under the leadership of Hafez Assad sided with Iran. Syria is often called Iran’s closest ally. The U.S. government has criticized Iran’s Quds Force for training security services in Syria to fight against the rebels.