Syria says Iran’s sovereignty must be respected during this period of protests

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January 3, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

DAMASCUS, Syria – Damascus has expressed solidarity with Iran and said that Iran’s sovereignty must be respected, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

“Syria expresses full solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran, emphasizing the importance of respecting Iran’s sovereignty and not interfering in its internal affairs,” the agency quoted an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry as saying on Tuesday.

“Syria expresses strong condemnation and absolute rejection of the stances adopted by the US administration,” SANA reported.

“Such stances, according to the source, confirm the destructive role of those countries in destabilizing the region with the aim of controlling it, seizing its resources and national choices, weakening the resistance axis in the region following the failure of the conspiratorial scheme thanks to the victories achieved against the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria, and Iraq as Iran was a main partner in those victories,” SANA said.

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told the Al Mayadeen TV channel “the protests have been caused by the discontent expressed by part of people in Iran due to the current economic situation.” 

Protests which began on December 28 have primarily been about economic reforms and a clampdown on corruption. However, at least 20 people have been killed, mostly as a result of security forces defending themselves when domestic terrorists attacked police stations and military outposts without provocation.

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