U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shake hands at the conclusion of their news conference following their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland where they discussed the crisis in Syria September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
The Times of Israel: Iran, Hezbollah announce support for Syria ceasefire
Tehran wants monitoring system to prevent exploitation by ‘terrorists’; Lebanon-based terror group vows to continue ‘relentless war’ against IS, al-Qaeda
Iran and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah over the weekend welcomed the Russia and US-brokered ceasefire in Syria due to take effect Monday.
“Iran welcomes any establishment of a ceasefire in Syria and facilitating of access of all people of this country to humanitarian aid,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Sunday, adding that a monitoring system was needed to stop it being exploited by “terrorists.”
“Given the experience of a few months ago, the ceasefire must be sustainable… and must not be exploited as an opportunity for terrorist groups to revive their power and transfer fighters and weapons,” he added, referring to a truce that collapsed earlier this year.
“The continuation and sustainability of a ceasefire relies on the creation of a comprehensive monitoring mechanism, in particular control of borders in order to stop the dispatch of fresh terrorists, as well as weapons and financial resources for the terrorists,” said Ghasemi.
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Update #1: Iran welcomes Syria deal, urges political solution (Reuters)
Update #2: Iran Welcomes Syria Cease-Fire (ABC News)
WNU Editor: Iran's 36 hours of silence after the announcement of a U.S. - Russian Syrian ceasefire agreement .... and now this statement of support .... tells em all that I need to know on what Iran really feels about this agreement. Publicly they are for it .... privately they are furious. I can only imagine the phone conversations that must have burned the telephone lines between Tehran - Damascus - Moscow during this time.