Cyprus Mail
Middle East

Lebanon’s Berri: Iran, Hezbollah to stay in Syria till it’s free

Hezbollah and Syrian flags are seen fluttering in Fleita, Syria

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Iranian and Hezbollah forces will not withdraw from Syria until the country is “liberated” and its “territorial integrity is restored”, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Iran-backed forces such as Lebanon‘s Hezbollah, a close political ally of Berri, have been key allies alongside Russia in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s war effort.

RIA interviewed Berri in Beirut.

Both the United States and Israel have demanded that Iran should entirely withdraw from Syria, and Israel has also demanded that Hezbollah should pull out.

Assad has recovered swathes of Syria from rebels seeking to oust him, but large parts of the country remain out of his hands.

Differences between his allies Iran and Russia have grown more apparent of late as Israel presses Moscow to make sure Tehran and its allies do not entrench their military sway in the country.

Israel has carried out repeated air strikes in Syria against targets connected to Iran and Hezbollah, which it wants to keep away from its border.

Lebanon is a recipient of US military aid and follows a policy of disassociation from foreign conflicts.

Related posts

A relic of Jesus’ manger, Christmas gift from the pope to Bethlehem

Reuters News Service

Protesters burn tyres in southern Iraq in renewed anti-government rage

Reuters News Service

Iraqi forces kill 16 protesters after Iranian consulate torched

Reuters News Service

Turkey must halt Syrian rebel abuses, Human Rights Watch says

Reuters News Service

Israel expels Human Rights Watch official over boycott accusations

Reuters News Service

Lebanese protesters clash with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Reuters News Service


Comments are closed.