Zarif : Syria-Iraq reconstruction, opportunity for Iran
Syria and Iraq reconstruction is a proper opportunity for Iranian companies, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.
Iran press/Iran: Speaking among reporters, Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "Reconstruction of Syria and Iraq on one hand is the countries' need and on the other hand is good for the export of technical and engineering services by Iranians."
It is also an option for creating job opportunity for Iranian youths so we can call it a win-win situation, Zarif added.
"Iran have had a good cooperation with Syria on economic affairs, which is needed to be expanded, given the presence that we had with the Syrian people to confront ISIS," he said.
Referring to Trump’s recent Tweet about Syria, Zarif said, Trump is catching fish in troubled waters for his domestic policies so he needs to stand aside and allow those who battled terrorism in Syria to do their work.
US president Donald Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday, “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province, and the Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy.”
Syrian army is preparing for attacking Idlib, the last stronghold of terrorists in the north.
Visiting Syria's capital, Iran's Foreign Minister said all armed groups must be "cleaned out" of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
Syrian government forces have been massing around the country's last rebel bastion. Capturing Idlib would put the vast majority of the country under Syria government control.
The main rebel group in the area is Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda affiliate.
On August 30, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Syria would push ahead with its efforts for retaking Idlib regardless of whether Washington and its allies might deliver strikes against it on the pretext Damascus had used chemical.
Muallem has warned about terrorists engaging in false-flag chemical attacks in the northwestern province of Idlib, saying militants, with the assistance of British intelligence officers, have smuggled containers of dangerous chemicals into the province to use in false-flag operations.