10:22 25 June

Iran's presence in Syria at Damascus' demand: Tehran

Iran is present in Syria because Damascus wanted it to be there and Tehran's goal is to fight terrorism, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, APA reported citing IRNA.


‘Should the Syrian want us, we will continue to be there,' said spokesman Bahram Qasemi.


On the reports that Russia has wanted Iran to leave Syria which have been denied by Moscow, Qasemi said, 'No one can make Iran do things; Iran has its own independent policies.'


'Those who entered Syria without the permission of the Syrian government are the ones that must leave the country.'


Qasemi on Sunday dismissed “baseless” reports by certain Western media which quoted anonymous diplomatic sources as saying the EU has offered new packages of incentives to Iran in return for clinching a new nuclear deal, ISNA reported.


In response to reporters’ questions, the spokesman said such absurd reports come from the Zionists’ media, international chaos seekers’ think-tanks and the enemies of the Iranian nation.


“The reports are aimed at creating a smear campaign against Iran and undermining the ongoing negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.


The spokesman went on to say that as a committed party to the JCPOA, following the unilateral, illegal and scandalous withdrawal of the US from the multi-national agreement, the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain in the deal as long as the remaining sides acknowledge Iran’s rights under the accord.


“In response to the requests of the other sides to remain in the nuclear deal, the Islamic republic has made it clear that it will remain in the deal only if the other sides explicitly acknowledge and protect Iran’s full right under the JCPOA,” he said.


Qasemi then denounced any report on discussions between Iran and the EU on issues beyond the JCPOA as baseless, stressing that such allegations don’t deserve any serious attention. 


“The significant point here is whether or not the other sides will be able to fulfill their pledges under the JCPOA, and this will become clear in the upcoming intensive negotiations,” he said.


The spokesman went on to say that within the framework of the first joint commission of the JCPOA, which is expected to be held without the US presence in the coming days at Iran’s request, Tehran and the remaining sides will only discuss the JCPOA and the issues related to the deal.

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/ 25 June, 2018