Ayatollah Khamenei says ‘flexibility” will make enemy more aggressive

TEHRAN – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on Wednesday called on the government “not to tie the country’s affairs to the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and foreign issues.”

“We should not tie our country’s issues to something which is not in our control,” the Leader told a number of senior state officials, Tehran Times reported.

On May 8 Donald Trump effectively withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear agreement and announced Washington will introduce sanctions against Iran. Two weeks later his new secretary of state Mike Pompeo used a harsh language against Iran, saying the U.S. will “crush” Iran with economic and military pressure if it does not halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program, give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country among other demands.

Lavrov, Cavusoglu discuss resolving crisis in Syria

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed on Tuesday with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu common work in the framework of Astana talks to resolve the crisis in Syria, SANA reported.

During a phone conversation, the two sides also discussed a number of international issues of common concern, including work within the framework of the Astana process to find a solution to the crisis in Syria pursuant to the UN Security Council Resolution No.2254.

Illegal Foreign Troops in Syria Must Leave

TEHRAN- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said on Monday that foreign forces which entered Syria illegally and without permission must leave.

In his weekly press conference, Qassemi said that the presence of Iranian advisors in Syria was at the request of the legitimate government and the main objective of it was to take part in combating terrorism.

US, Allies to Withdraw From Syria Only If Presence Harms Own Interests- Diplomat

MOSCOW- The US and its allies will withdraw their troops from Syria only in case if their continued presence harms their own interests, Syria's ambassador to China and former ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha, told Sputnik, commenting on Vladimir Putin's urge for foreign armed forces to pull out of the Arab Republic.

"This question presupposes the goodwill of the US and its allies … I believe the only way to convince the US and its allies to withdraw is to demonstrate to them that their continued presence will be detrimental to their own interests," Moustapha said, according to Sputnik.

Forthcoming Sochi Meeting on crisis in Syria Culminates an Era of Victories in the Country

BEIRUT, (ST)- Russia’ Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has stressed that the forthcoming Sochi meeting on Syria culminates an era of victories in Syria and constitutes a plan for the coming era, pointing out that with Damascus restoring sovereignty over the entire Syrian territories it is normal for the foreign forces to withdraw from the country.

In an interview with “al-Mayadeen” TV, Zasypkin reiterated that the plan set for eliminating terrorism and bringing the displaced Syrians back to their villages should be completed.