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Iran is a “powerful player” in the fight against terrorism

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

The United States remains open to work together with both Russia and Iran to help resolve the Syrian conflict, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said in a briefing on Monday.

"The US will work with both Russia and Iran to bring peaceful solution to Syria," Spicer stated.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss, among other topics, the countries' joint efforts to bring a peaceful solution to Syria, Sputnik reported.

In his meetings, the Russian foreign minister dismissed accusations by the US and a number of its allies that Iran backs terror, saying the Islamic Republic is in fact a “powerful player” in the fight against terrorist groups in Syria.

Iran has been lending military advisory support to the Syrian Army’s operations against terrorists at Syria’s request. Russia has also been assisting the Syrian Army against the terrorists. But the US has been supporting armed groups fighting the Syrian Army in recent years.

Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored terrorist groups since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.

 

*Source: Iran-Daily

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