TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi has highlighted the importance of Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, saying that all foreign forces whose presence "is not permitted” by the Syrian government must leave the Arab country’s territory.
"Sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria must be fully respected by all, and accordingly, all foreign forces whose presence is not permitted by the Syrian Government must leave the Syrian territory. In this regard, the living example is the occupation of certain parts of Syria by the U.S. forces who continue to support and shield terrorist groups under the mask of combating terrorism,” Takht-Ravanchi said addressing a virtual meeting of United Nations Security Council dubbed "Middle East: Syria – Political”.
"In this regard, the living example is the occupation of certain parts of Syria by the U.S. forces who continue to support and shield terrorist groups under the mask of combating terrorism,” he added.
He further rejected any separatist agendas as well as "any and all attempts to create new realities on the ground, including through illegitimate self-rule initiatives.”
The envoy lashed out at the Israeli illegal occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights and said the US’ recognition of the region’s annexation to Israel is null and void.
"Condemning such unlawful irresponsible act, we stress that Golan is and will remain a part and parcel of the Syrian territory,” he added.
Takht Ravanchi also condemned Israel’s aggressions against Syria as a "gross violation of international law and the UN Charter”, underling that the Syrian government has a sovereign right to decide how and when to exercise its inherent right to individual or collective self-defense.
"Such aggressions must come to an end,” he urged.