Baqeri from Damascus: Illegal Foreign Forces must Leave Syria
Iran’s Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri urged the illegal foreign forces, present in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib and east of the Euphrates, to leave these areas at the earliest.
"[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," Baqeri said upon his arrival in Damascus on Sunday.
He further 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.
They will also review the latest strategies to achieve stability and security in the region.
General Baqeri is also scheduled to visit the military advisors of Iran in Syria to appreciate their sacrifices.
"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," Baqeri said.
Saying 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.
Baqeri noted that he would hold separate talks with military officials of Syria and Iraq on ways to boost cooperation among the three countries' armed forces.