Syria has right to au­tho­rize Ira­nian troops on its soil: Rus­sian diplo­mat

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

Mikhail Bog­danov, the Rus­sian deputy for­eign min­is­ter, has said that it is Syria’s sov­er­eign right to au­tho­rize Ira­nian troops on its soil.

“Syria is a mem­ber of the United Na­tions. It has equal rights to Rus­sia, Is­rael, Amer­ica and any other coun­try. This is a sov­er­eign coun­try led by a le­git­i­mate govern­ment. It can agree on co­op­er­a­tion with any other coun­try, in­clud­ing Iran, Rus­sia, Is­rael, any other coun­try. That’s Syria’s sov­er­eign right, and it’s not the busi­ness of a third party to in­ter­vene in these sub­jects of pol­i­tics or pol­icy of a sov­er­eign coun­try,” he told i24NEWS in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Thurs­day.

He said, “As we ex­plained to our Is­raeli and Amer­i­can col­leagues... this is a sov­er­eign de­ci­sion for Syria who should be on their ter­ri­tory.”

“They asked us and the Ira­ni­ans to be there. The Ira­ni­ans have said re­peat­edly on many lev­els that Syria asked them to help them in the fight against ter­ror­ists, and when Mr. As­sad tells them that their mis­sion is ac­com­plished and they are no longer needed, they will leave Syria, just like us,” he added.

Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Bog­danov (C) talk­ing to i24NEWS

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