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Presence of US forces in region causing insecurity: Iran

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 20 April 2020 / 12:37

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that the presence of US forces in the region is illegitimate and causes insecurity.

Speaking at a weekly press conference, held via video conference on Monday, Seyed Abbas Mousavi mentioned the recent provocative acts of US forces in the Persian Gulf and said, "As far as I know, American forces hindered Iranian forces' legal and routine patrol and they have received the response and necessary warnings".

"The presence of US forces in the region is provocative and illegitimate. This is our region and we have to ensure its security by carrying out patrols," he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mousavi said, "Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif has traveled to Damascus today to meet with Syrian officials including President Bashar al-Assad".

"The issue of developments in Afghanistan and Yemen is on the Foreign Ministry's agenda and Zarif has held conversations in this regard," he stressed.

Emphasizing that Astana Process is still the most important political process for solving the Syrian crisis, the diplomat said, "The Astana meeting which was expected to be held in Tehran has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but it does not mean that our consultations in this regard have been disrupted".

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