Velayati: an Attack on Syria is attack on Iran Itself

 "Syria has a very basic and key role in the region for promoting firm policies of resistance, and t for this reason an attack on Syria would be regarded   an attack on Iran and Iran's allies," Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, told Mehr news agency on Saturday.

 Velayati further said that Syria plays a “very fundamental and key” role in promoting resistance in the region.

He emphasized that Western countries and reactionary regional states, which oppose resistance against the Zionists, attacked the “golden resistance chain” by waging an war on Syria.

“If Syria had not provided logistical support for Hezbollah , it would have failed to achieve victory against Israeli invaders during the 33-Day war in 2006 when Tel Aviv was compelled to withdraw its troops without having achieved any of its objectives.

Velayati denied that he held talks with the Americans neither in Oman nor any other country.
"This rumor is basically nothing but a lie," he added, reiterating that "no talks have been held so far with the US on a legal basis and with the Leader's permission."
In parallel, the Iranian official emphasized that the US should "definitely make a revision in its policies" and said, "The nuclear issue is our strategic issue. The Islamic Republic of Iran will never give up its right to peaceful nuclear energy."

He stressed the need the US officials should reconsider their offensive policies towards Iran.

Velayati further added that there is consensus on Iran's nuclear energy program "which is a national issue" and warned that if the US and its allies seek to monopolize nuclear energy, they will use it as a tool to exploit Third World countries.

T. Fateh