Zarif: US Irrelevant Occupier in Syria, Futile to Seek Its Permission for Security
By Staff, Agencies
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is an "irrelevant occupier in Syria," stressing that peace will be achieved in the war-ravaged country only through respect for its territorial integrity and people.
"US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria – futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security," Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, after the US gave the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation in northern Syria.
"Achieving peace & fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity & its people," he added.
After a phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, the US in a major shift in its policy gave the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation against Washington's long-time Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement.
In his tweet, the top Iranian diplomat also said that the Adana agreement provides a framework for Turkey and Syria to uproot terrorism, expressing the Islamic Republic's readiness to render assistance to that goal.
The Adana Interstate Agreement on Combating Terrorism was signed between Turkey and Syria on October 20, 1998. It clearly stated that the Damascus government would not allow any activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK] militant group on Syrian soil, and would block any terror activities that could threaten Turkey's sovereignty.