News ID: 322984
Published: 0751 GMT July 19, 2022

Leader on Syria: U.S. occupation, possible Turkish strike detrimental

Leader on Syria: U.S. occupation, possible Turkish strike detrimental
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (L) meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on July 19, 2022.

International Desk

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday slammed U.S. occupation of the oil rich parts of Syria, warning against any possible military action in the Arab state’s northern part.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in separate meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran.

In an address to his meeting with Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei called for implementing the previously signed bilateral agreements, saying that international developments are indicative of the need for greater cooperation between Iran and Russia, reported.

The leader said economic cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Russia is necessary and in both sides’ interests, particularly in the aftermath of the imposition of U.S. sanctions on the two countries.

Turning to the situation in Ukraine, Ayatollah Khamenei said war is a violent and tough phenomenon and Iran in no way takes pleasure in seeing ordinary people suffer from armed conflicts.

The Leader stressed, however, that if Russia had not taken the initiative, the other side would have caused the war to start through its own initiative.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Western states are against a strong and independent Russia, describing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a dangerous entity, which knows no boundaries if not restricted.

Calling for cognizance in the face of the West’s deceptive policies, the Leader added that, of course, the United States and the West have at present become weaker than the past, and despite making numerous bids and spending a lot of money, the influence and range of their policies in the region, including in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, have diminished.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the issue of Syria is very important, stressing that the Islamic Republic is against any military action against the country.

The Leader said the United States has occupied Syria’s oil-rich regions in eastern Euphrates and must be expelled from this region.

Putin said no one favors war, adding that seeing people lose their lives is a big tragedy.

However, he added, that the West’s behavior left us no alternative but to show a reaction.


Talks with Turkey

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (L) speaks in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) in Tehran on July 19, 2022, as Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi listens.


Speaking to Erdogan, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of “useful and necessary” cooperation between Iran and Turkey on all regional issues.

The Leader said, “We have always defended your government on internal issues and against [instances of] interference and, as you have said, we have been each other’s friend in difficult times and we pray for the Muslim nation of Turkey.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that ensuring Syria’s territorial integrity is of great importance, saying that any military action in the north of the Arab country will definitely harm Turkey, Syria and the entire region while benefiting terrorists.

The Leader said such military actions in northern Syria will also prevent the Arab state’s government from implementing the expected political measure.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that ensuring the Muslim world’s glory and greatness depends on resolving differences and remaining cognizant in the face of divisive policies.

The Leader said Israel, which is backed by the United States, is among the main factors causing differences and provoking hostilities in the region.

Ayatollah Khamenei described Palestine as the Muslim world’s top priority, saying, at present, Israel, the United States and others cannot hinder Palestinians’ deep progressive movement; eventually everything will turn in favor of the Arab state’s people.

The Leader highlighted the necessity of fighting terrorism, reiterating, however, that any military action in Syria will be in the interest of terrorists, who are not limited to a certain group.

Ayatollah Khamenei gave the assurance that Iran will definitely cooperate with Turkey in the battle against terrorism.

The Leader stressed that, to the Islamic Republic, the security of Turkey and its borders is as important as that of its own, calling on the Turkish president to attach equal importance to Syria’s security.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that Syria’s issues must be resolved through negotiations, calling on Iran, Turkey, Syria and Russia to solve the problems through dialogue.

Erdogan described as important and necessary greater unity among the Muslim world and increased solidarity between Iran and Turkey, saying Ankara has never remained silent in the face of extortion against Tehran.

Calling for improving bilateral relations in all areas, the Turkish president added that Ankara has always been against unilateral U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

He voiced his country’s support for Iran’s legitimate expectations in the talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, saying, “We encourage Turkish companies to make investments in Iran.”

Turning to the two countries’ years-long battles against terrorists, Erdogan noted that there are terror groups in Syria that are supported and heavily armed by Western countries such as Germany, Britain, France and, particularly, the United States.

Erdogan arrived in Iran on Monday night to take part in a trilateral meeting on Tuesday, to be also attended by his Iranian counterpart Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Tuesday afternoon.





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