Iran says US “occupier” in Syria

HELSINKI, Aug. 20, 2019 (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 19, 2019. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday welcomed the end of the seizure of the tanker Grace 1 (renamed Adrian Darya 1) in Gibraltar. Asked to comment on the reports that the ship is going to Greece to offload its cargo, Zarif said Iran cannot be very transparent about the transport of its oil because of the U.S. sanctions. Zarif talked to the media in Helsinki on Monday after talks with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. (Photo by Matti Matikainen/Xinhua/IANS)

Tehran, Oct 8 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the US is an “occupier” in Syria.

“US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria (and it is) futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security,” Zarif tweeted.

“Achieving peace & fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity & its people,” he said, the Xinhua news agency reported.

US President Donald Trump vowed on Monday to pull back from military involvement in Syria.

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