Iranian Military Advisors Are in Syria Based on Syrian Government's Formal Request: Rouhani

TEHRAN- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed  that despite the illegitimate presence of some foreign countries' forces in Syria, Iranian military advisors are in the country based on its government's formal request with the purpose of fighting terrorism.

Rouhani made the remarks during a Tuesday phone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

He welcomes the continuation of consultations with France on ways to establish peace and stability in Syria.

According to Press TV, Rouhani expressed hope that terrorism would be eradicated in Syria through joint efforts by pro-Syrian government forces and people so that there would be no need to foreign forces.

 Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government, enabling its army to speed up its gains on various fronts against terror groups.

Iran Will Quit Nuclear Deal If It Does not Benefit from It

On Iran's Nuclear deal, Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will quit the multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with major world powers in 2015 if it does not benefit from the deal after the US pullout.

 A month ago, the United States announced a unilateral move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"If Iran cannot enjoy the agreement's benefits, it will be practically impossible to stay in it," Rouhani said.

The Iranian president commended the statements of the European countries, including France, to salvage the JCPOA. However, he emphasized that such declarations must be accompanied by practical and tangible measures and solutions to help Iran benefit from the agreement.

"We should not allow that this very great diplomatic achievement be destroyed by the others' unilateral measures and acts of violation," he said.

Rouhani expressed hope that efforts by the five remaining signatories to the JCPOA and Iran as well as the European Union would be successful and fruitful.

France remains committed to nuclear deal: Macron

The French president, for his part, said that France would remain committed to the nuclear deal and is making its utmost efforts to salvage it.

He informed his Iranian counterpart on a series of practical measures that would help Tehran enjoy from the nuclear agreement's benefits.

Macron said Tehran and Paris have a common stance on the JCPOA and urged all the deal's signatories to try to save it and do not allow those who seek to destroy the deal to make the slightest mistake.

Hamda Mustafa

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