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"Those [foreign] forces who are present in Syria without any authorization from the country's government must leave the Syrian soil as soon as possible," Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said upon his arrival in Damascus on Sunday.

Baqeri added that he plans to take part in a tripartite meeting with senior Syrian and Iraqi commanders to coordinate efforts made by the three countries in their fight against terrorism and also to discuss the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria, Iran Press reported.

"As Iran has come to Syria at the official invitation of Syria's government, the presence of other countries should also take place through the Syrian government's coordination and authorization," Iran's top military commander said.

emphasizing that Iran, Syria, Russia and Iraq as well as the resistance front have managed to make great achievements during the recent years in the fight against terrorism thanks to their remarkable coordination, the top Iranian commander added that efforts would continue to fully liberate Syria.

Back in February, the Chief of General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces has stressed that the US must withdraw its military forces from Syria completely.

In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued by Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (also known as ISIS), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

Syria has been gripped by insurgency with various terrorist groups, including ISIS, fighting their central governments.

In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of the countries and supports their legitimate governments in the face of foreign-backed militancy.


Syria crisis
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