TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnour described the presence of US military forces in Syria as the root cause of insecurity in the Arab country and called for an immediate end to their "uninvited presence".
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Speaking at a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Damascus, Zonnour emphasized that the US military presence on Syrian soil and its interference in the internal affairs of the country threaten regional peace and security.
"The US military presence in Syria has caused tension and continued insecurity in the region," he said, adding, "It is necessary that the US end its uninvited presence in Syria."
The Iranian lawmaker further expressed hope that security and stability would be restored to all areas of Syria through the prudent actions of President Bashar al-Assad's government and the people of the Arab country.
Khamis, for his part, highlighted the deep-rooted and amicable ties between the Syrian and Iranian nations and expressed his gratitude to the Islamic Republic for supporting Damascus in the fight against Takfiri and terrorist groups.
Since the outbreak of war and foreign militancy in Syria in 2011, Iran has stood by the Syrian government and supported its people against terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIS or ISIL).
In recent months, the Syrian army has managed to liberate many of the areas occupied by terrorists and has begun the reconstruction process.
Back in January, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri traveled to Syria with a 40-strong political and business delegation, during which the two sides inked 11 agreements.
In December 2018, Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud said his country gives priority to Iran for carrying out projects in the reconstruction process of Syria after years of war.
In September 2017, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York that Iran would assist the Syrian nation in reconstructing their country after the war, in the same way that it contributed to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Arab state amid the crisis.