Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Iran understands Turkey’s situation, as it is still grappling with the consequences of the coup attempt of July 2016, and has not achieved any of its objectives in Syria.
They had predicted they would manage to get to the old city of Damascus and say their [first] prayer in the [city’s] Umayyad Mosque, he noted.
“None of their expectations and excessive demands have been met, and will ever be realized. The Syrian nation and government are the eventual winners,” he noted, according to a Farsi report by IRNA.
On remarks made by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the 53rd Munich Security Conference, he said the Saudi FM is used to making unfounded claims.
“We are used to his baseless and unwise statements and do not pay attention to them.”
Urging the Saudi Arabian foreign minister to concentrate on his own country’s interests, Velayati stressed that Saudi Arabia will definitely sustain losses in the future due to its foreign minister, who is a threat to the country’s foreign relations, and his baseless remarks.
He added the Islamic Republic of Iran is present in Iraq and Syria and is providing the two countries with advisory assistance at the official invitation of the two states’ incumbent governments.
Velayati stressed, “Those who have entered these countries without any permission or invitation are invaders and must leave these states. They either leave the countries themselves or will be thrown out of them by the Iraqi and Syrian people.”