TEHRAN (defapress)- Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian dismissed media reports claiming that Tehran has set up military bases in Syria, but meantime, confirmed the country's advisory role.
News ID: 67962
Publish Date: 07January 2018 - 14:10
"We don’t have any military base in Syria," Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by the Iranian media on Sunday.
He stressed Iran's military advisory role in Syria, and said, "We will continue this presence as far as the Syrian government demands for our presence for military and advisory assistance."
Amir Abdollahian said that when the Syrian government concludes that there is no need for Iran's military presence in the country and Syria becomes stable, Iran will end its advisory role.
The Iranian foreign ministry had earlier rejected Israeli media reports that Tehran has purchased a military base in Syria as well as dissidents' claims that Iran is building ballistic missiles in the Arab country in cooperation with Russia and North Korea.
"Experience has shown that the claims raised by the Zionist regime are mostly media warfare and aimed at disturbing the public opinion in the region and the Muslim world," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in July.
Also asked about certain Syrian dissident sources' claims that Iran is producing ballistic missiles in Syria in collaboration with Russia and North Korea, he said, "This is not true and we don’t need to do so and what has militarily happened in Syria so far shows that the country doesn’t need such an investment (in ballistic missile field)."