WANA (June 26) – Iran’s U.N. envoy, Amir Saeid Iravani, says the full and unconditional exit of U.S. troops from Syria is necessary for the Arab nation’s stability, arguing that the forces continue to support terrorist groups instead of fighting terrorism.


“Full, immediate, and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria is essential for the peace and stability of Syria,” Iravani said at a U.N. Security Council meeting on “The situation in the Middle East: (Syria)” in New York.


“Instead of combatting terrorism, they continue supporting UN-designated terrorist groups such as Al-Nusrah Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) as well as looting the oil and wealth of the Syrian people,” he added.


Iravani also underscored that Tehran remains committed to a political resolution of the situation in Syria and will continue supporting a truly Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process. He noted that Iran would continue to support the efforts of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, for the political settlement of the Syrian crisis, adding that the Islamic Republic will spare no effort to that end.


The U.S. military has for long stationed its forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.


Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country’s natural resources. Former U.S. President Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil wealth.