Khamenei Adviser Threatens US Troops in Eastern Syria

Khamenei Adviser Threatens US Troops in Eastern Syria

Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 09:45
Iran's top adviser on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati. Reuters file photo
Beirut - London- Asharq Al-Awsat
Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei, on Thursday threatened to drive US troops out of eastern Syria, as the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Assad, hinted of causing instability in the region if the US launches attacks on his forces.

East of the Euphrates is “a very important area. We hope big steps will be taken in order to liberate this area and expel the occupying Americans,” Velayati told a news conference in Damascus.

Velayati spoke after touring Eastern Ghouta, accompanied by several regime and "Hezbollah" commanders.

He met on Thursday with Assad, who warned that any potential action by Western states would cause more instability in the region.

"With every victory achieved on the field, the voices of some Western states are raised and actions are intensified in an attempt by them to change the course of events,” said Assad.

“These voices and any possible action will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening international peace and security," he added.

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