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Leader’s top aide stresses Iran’s continued support for Syria

The Leader’s top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati reiterated his country’s continued support for Syria after the US-led missile strikes, stressing that the claims about the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta were fake.

“Iran has stood beside Syria since the start of the crisis in the country and it will continue this support,” Velayati said in a joint press conference with a high-ranking Chinese foreign ministry official in Tehran on Sunday.

He underlined that the US missile strikes were conducted based on fake allegations of chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta, and said an Iranian delegation visited Eastern Ghouta of Damascus recently which shows that no chemical weapons were used there because their effects remain for a long time in any region that they are used.

Velayati condemned the US-led missile strikes against Syria “which were launched after the terrorists’ defeats”, and expressed confidence that the Syrian people can defend their territorial integrity with more power than before.

The US, British and French forces launched over 100 missiles on Syria early Saturday morning; Russia said Damascus managed to dodge 71.

In a televised address to the nation, US President Donald Trump said the three nations partnered in the missile launch.
Ali Akbar Velayati is a top advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs.