Selin ATAY-TDO- (13.02.2020)- "Our country will not hesitate for a moment to defend its presence in Syria and defend its national security and regional interests," an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will respond with a crushing response that will cause regret to any aggression or stupid actions of this regime against the interests of our country in Syria and the region," said Abbas Mousavi.
Mousavi stressed that Iran was invited to Syria with the aim of combating terrorism backed by the US and Israel. "Our country will not hesitate for a moment to defend its presence in Syria and defend its national security and regional interests," said the spokesperson.
The Iranian official added that the Islamic Republic will "pursue militant threats and statements" by Israel in international forums.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel would not allow Iran to gain a foothold along the northern border, pointing out that Israel has conducted "countless" attacks to prevent this.
On Tuesday, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett stated that Israel is engaged in a continuous campaign to weaken Iran and to remove its forces from Syria.
"We are constantly working to raise the stakes for Iran until we reach our ultimate goal: removing them from Syria. We will continue to prevent an Iranian presence on our northern border,” Bennett said
“We are in a continuous campaign to weaken the Iranian octopus. On the economic, political, intelligence, military, and other [levels],” he explained. “