Iran denied today it had forces in Syria supporting President Bashar Al Assad’s army.
“The true enemies of Syria make up these accusations to provoke the people of this country,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said in Tehran. (IRIB, 24 May)
Iran’s denial came a day after the Friends of Syria, grouping of Western and Arab governments, meeting in Jordan, called for the immediate withdrawal from Syria of Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. They were reported to be fighting alongside the Syrian army and militias loyal to Assad in the town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border. (Reuters, 23 May)
Photo credit: The Friends of Syria meeting in Jordan. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seen in the middle. 23 May 2013 (Reuters)