A senior Iranian official said Iran would consider any attack on Syria an attack on itself. Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made the remarks during an interview with Iran’s semi-official news agency Mehr.
“Syria plays a key role in the region for promoting firm policies of resistance (against Israel)… For this reason, an attack on Syria is considered an attack on Iran and its allies (in the region),” Velayati said. (Mehr News Agency, 26 January)
UPDATE: Mehr News Agency now reports that the quotation credited to Velayati, that an attack on Syria is considered an attack on Iran, was a mistake and it was the result of “unintentional misunderstanding” by its reporter who interviewed him.
Note: The retraction by Mehr could not possibly be as a result of “unintentional misunderstanding” of one of its most senior reporters. The quotation was very clear. What Velayati said is not “official” Iranian policy, and it appears that he should not have made the comments in public.
Photo credit: Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Mehr News Agency)