Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi today denied reports that Iran will evacuate its citizens from Syria due to the worsening situation in the country. Salehi actually said that the situation in Syria is “calm.”
“Syria is calm and Iranian nationals who are there have no problem and there is no need to conduct any special action,” Salehi said. (IRNA, 22 July)
Several hundred thousand Iranians travel to Syria each year to make pilgrimages to a Shiite holy site in Damascus.