US military presence on Syrian soil illegal

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has roundly condemned the presence of hundreds of American troopers in the southeastern part of his country close to the border with Iraq, terming the deployment as “illegal” and an “act of aggression.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Russia’s Arabic-language RT Arabic television news network, Muallem stated that Americans at al-Tanf garrison recruit and train Daesh terrorists, and then dispatch them to the front line to fight Syrian government forces in a bid to prolong the Syrian crisis in favor of Israel.

‘Damascus-Tehran relations not negotiable at all’

The top Syrian diplomat went on to say that relations between his country and the Islamic Republic of Iran were not open to any negotiations.

“The presence of Iranian advisers in Syria is legitimate and at the request of the Damascus government contrary to the American deployment, which is an act of aggression…

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