Iran Voices Opposition to Foreign Military Intervention in Syria
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian voiced Tehran’s opposition to the military movements made by Syria’s neighbors in their bordering areas with the war-stricken nation.
Amir Abdollahian’s remarks came after a Saudi newspaper claimed that Turkey is paving the ground for military intervention in Syria amid the Syrian army and Kurdish forces’ joint operations to defend their lands against the ISIL in the Northeastern city of Hasaka.
“Any military movement of Syria’s neighbors in border regions will make the situation more complicated,” Amir Abdollahian said.
Indicating the recent statements made by Ankara, he noted that creation of a buffer zone in Syria will not help resolve the Syrian crisis.
Amir Abdollahian underlined that the Syrian crisis can only be soothed through political solutions, and said, “Resorting to military means will be hazardous to the regional security.”
The London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported on Sunday that 12,000 Turkish forces are ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.
In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.
“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.
The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.
The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.