Iran joins Turkey in calling for U.S. Syria exit - report

The United States must vacate military positions in the eastern Euphrates region of Syria or Iran will force them out, said Ali Akbar Velayati, senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Velayati spoke after Turkey made similar demands, saying Washington is supporting Kurdish terrorists and should leave a base in Syria's Manbij because its strategic position in the country was weakening.

“The US will not succeed in partitioning Syria,” Velayati said, according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency (MNA). “Either they will leave the Eastern Euphrates in Syria or we will kick them out of there.”

Using similar rhetoric to advisers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Velayati accused Washington of seeking to break up countries in an attempt to topple their governments. Developments in Syria were part of that plot, MNA reported him as saying.

Reacting to U.S. accusations that Iran was meddling in the politics of its neighbours, Velayati said its presence in Iraq and Syria was at the request of their respective governments. Saudi Arabia’s prolonged occupation of Yemen will create another Vietnam, he said.

Click here to read the full report