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Iran’z FM: US irrelevant occupier in Syria; futile to seek its permission for security

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is an “irrelevant occupier in Syria,” stressing that peace will be achieved in the war-ravaged country only through respect for its territorial integrity and people‎.

“US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria—futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security,” Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, after the US gave the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation in northern Syria.

“Achieving peace & fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity & its people,” he added.

After a phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, the US in a major shift in its policy gave the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation against Washington’s long-time Kurdish allies in northern Syria.