Damascus: The withdrawal of Iran and Hizballah is not on the agenda

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad denied Wednesday any discussion of Iran’s withdrawal – or that of Hizballah – from his country: “This topic is not even on the agenda of discussion, since it concerns the sovereignty of Syria. We cannot let anyone even raise this issue. Those who ask for something like that — and this is definitely not our Russian friends — are considering the possibility of intervention in all parts of Syria, including the support of terrorists in Syria and elsewhere in the region,” Mikdad said. He was responding to President Vladimir Putin’s comment after meeting Syria’s Bashar Assad in Sochi last Friday that all foreign forces would leave Syria in a political settlement.

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