‘Fall of Assad will destabilize Israel': Iranian official

The Syrian-Israeli border. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdul Allahian, said that the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad “by the Islamic State” (ISIS/IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, would “certainly” destabilize the security of Israel.

Allahian’s statement, which is the second of its kind over the past few days, was published by the official Iranian News Agency of “Fares” on Sunday.

“If the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State group wanted to change the Syrian regime, the security of Israel will end,” Allahian said.

Regarding Turkey’s role in the Syrian conflict, he said: “We already warned our friend Turkey, which we disagree with on some points concerning the Syrian crisis. We also warned the Americans that the Syrians themselves need to decide the question of the regime’s survival or departure.”

Allahian also explained that Iran does not insist on maintaining the Assad regime in Syria ruling forever, stressing that Iran will not allow the terrorists to overthrow a real ally in the “Resistance Front” (in reference to the Assad regime as a partner in the resistance against the west and its ally, Israel) –which was seen by observers as a contradiction to what Allahian mentioned earlier in his statement about the danger that Israel could be exposed to in the case of ousting Assad.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran emphasized that Turkey is seeking the idea of “establishing a new Ottoman Empire” in the region, and that Tehran and other countries warned of the consequences of interfering in the Syrian territory.

Iran is ready to do anything in order to defend its ally (the Syrian regime), according to Allahian.

Iran had sent a message a few days ago to Turkey expressing its concern over the decision of the Turkish parliament to allow the army to engage in military operations in Iraq and Syria.


Reporting by: Mohammed al-Shami

Source: ARA News

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