| 1 October 2023, Sunday |

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Damascus, Syria, August 30, 2023. (Reuters) In Damascus, Iran’s foreign minister says US troops in Syria should ‘go home’

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, conveyed on Wednesday a suggestion for US troops stationed in Syria to return to their home country.

During a press conference held in Damascus alongside his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, Amir-Abdollahian stated, as reported by the official IRNA news agency, “We advise US troops to go home, and we also advise the American authorities to relinquish control of the region to its indigenous people.”
Amir-Abdollahian said that the “illegal presence of American forces in Syria under the pretext of fighting terrorism” was among the topics he discussed during his talks with Mekdad.

Iran’s top diplomat also condemned Israeli attacks on Syrian soil, including an airstrike on Monday that inflicted damage on Aleppo’s international airport. The airport has been targeted multiple times this year, with two such attacks occurring in March

Amir-Abdollahian vowed that the Israeli attacks would not go unanswered.

In recent years, Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes against both Iranian-backed groups and Syrian military forces inside Syria.

Iran, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has played a key role in the Syrian conflict since its beginning in 2011, dispatching thousands of Iranian and foreign fighters to back the Syrian regime.

“We will continue to support the Syrian leadership, army and people until the situation in Syria becomes stable and flourishing,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian said that he was headed to Syria to expedite the execution of agreements signed between the two countries earlier this year during a visit by Iran’s president to the war-torn country.

In May, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made an official visit to Syria, during which the two countries inked a set of long-term cooperation agreements aimed at enhancing economic ties between the allies.

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