Israel’s acts of aggression in Syria ‘unacceptable’, will respond firmly, says Iran

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Tehran on Tuesday said that the joint fight with Syria against terrorism has contributed to regional and international security. He emphasized that the two nations would continue their cooperation until the eradication of security crisis in the Arab country.

“Cooperation between Iran and Syria in the fight against Takfiri terrorism has resulted in undeniable achievements for the region and international security and this trend will be continued until the end of the security crisis in this [Arab] country,” he said.

He stated that certain Western countries’ “excessive demands” and “acts of sabotage” targeting the political process in Syria indicate that their “illogical positions and pretexts” are merely aimed at prolonging the crisis gripping it.

Shamkhani further urged Muslim countries to reinforce their convergence and strengthen cooperation to solve their common problems.

“Common enemies of the Muslim world, particularly the US and the Zionist regime (Israel), are trying to destroy great interests of Muslim countries such as security and economic progress by creating and intensifying conflicts and discord,” the SNSC secretary said.

He called Israel’s continued acts of aggression on Syria as ‘unacceptable’.

“If these actions continue, some calculated strategies will be activated for deterrence and as a firm and appropriate response in a way to teach a lesson to the criminal and lying rulers of Israel,” he said.

Israel has repetitively attacked Iranian targets and those of its allied militia in Syria, and views Iran as its biggest security threat. Iran has backed President Bashar al-Assad and his forces in their long drawn war against rebels and ISIL fighters.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria and told them to “get out of there” fast.

“We are working to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria,” Netanyahu said. “We will not relent in pursuit of this goal just as we did not relent in bringing about the cancellation of the bad nuclear agreement with Iran.”

In January, Israeli planes attacked what they claimed to be an Iranian arms cache in Syria. In May last year, Israel targeted dozens of military sites in Syria after accusing Iran of launching rockets and missiles towards its forces in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israel had seized Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 War and later annexed.

(With inputs from Press TV, Al Jazeera)

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