TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday that Iran does not have any military presence in Syria.
“(But) Iran has taken every measure to avert a war against Syria,” Marzieh Afkham told reporters at a press conference and cautioned that any war in the region would further complicate the situation
She also emphasized that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through political ways.
She added, “The Islamic Republic has announced readiness to send humanitarian aid to Syria.”
She also confirmed reports that a letter has been exchanged between the Iranian and U.S. presidents and said that Barack Obama congratulated Hassan Rohani in his letter but he did not address the Syria issue.
She also lamented the fact that the U.S. government is still using the language of threat against Iran and urged the U.S. to talk respectfully to Iran.
She also said that insisting on “illogical” and “unrealistic” policies would not yield any result for the United States.
Afkham cautioned the U.S. administration that it is sacrificing its interests for the “interests of pressure groups.”
She also called on Ankara and Damascus to exercise restraint after Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace.
Afkham also commented on recent statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in which he had said that Iran was ready to halt 20 percent uranium enrichment, emphasizing that Iran will not give up its inalienable right to nuclear energy including the right to uranium enrichment on its soil.
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