UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Hezbollah, backed by Iran, will remain in Syria as long as President Bashar al-Assad wants to stay in defiance of US and Israeli pressure to force Tehran and its allies to withdraw from the country, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah said on Friday.
“I want to tell you that if the whole world met to force us to get out of Syria, we can not get us out of Syria,” Nasrallah said in a televised address on the occasion of Jerusalem International Day. “If the whole world met … there is only one case for the Syrian leadership to come and tell us. Yashabab Allah gives you wellness Mmnonin thankful .. Enough God believers fight Sheshm took and walked.
“We are in Syria where we have to be … and where the Syrian leadership has asked us to be, based on developments in the field,” he said.
Israel has repeatedly struck targets for Hezbollah and Iran in Syria, saying they should leave Syria, especially the border areas. Washington also demanded that Iran and its supporting forces withdraw.
Besides Russia, Iranian-backed forces in Syria helped Assad flush out militants from the country’s biggest cities and restore territory of the Islamic state.
Russia recently called on all non-Syrian troops to leave southern Syria, a statement seen as partially directed at Iran as well as US troops stationed at a base near the Iraqi border.
Senior Syrian officials have said they want to restore the militant-controlled areas in the south-west near the border with Israel. Israeli strikes in Syria aim to keep Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed forces far from its borders.
The deployment of Russian troops this week near the border with Lebanon has led to a row with Iranian-backed forces, including the Lebanese Hezbollah group. Although the Russian military has been withdrawn, it appears to be a single incident in which Russia acted without coordination with President Assad’s allies who act simultaneously.
In his speech, Nasrallah ridiculed the idea that American, Israeli or Gulf pressure would lead to a rift between Russia and Iran in Syria.