Iran, Russia to continue to protect Syria: Official

A senior advisor to Iran’s Leader says the country’s military presence in Syria does not hinge on what Israel wants. Velayati was speaking at a forum in Moscow. He said Iran and Russia will maintain their military presence in Syria to make sure terrorists will not resurge. He added that Iranian officers are playing an advisory role in Syria and Iraq at the request of the two countries and will only leave if Damascus and Baghdad want them to. In reaction to recent remarks by US President Donald Trump, Velayati said Tehran is not willing to negotiate with Washington.

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