A senior Iranian official has said that the country is prepared to deploy its forces to Syria in order to maintain the security of the de-escalation zones in the war-torn country.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant that Tehran is very serious in fighting terrorism and establishing peace and stability in Syria.
“If Iran is requested to perform additional actions (in Syria), such as sending troops to maintain order and security in the de-escalation zones, we are prepared to consider this issue,” Shamkhani said.
He also voiced Tehran’s opposition to any U.S. military involvement in the Arab country.
“The Americans openly support terrorism and instability in Syria, and the Syrian government does not want to see them operating on their soil,” he stressed.
It came weeks after Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish four de-escalation zones in Syria, following the diplomatic efforts of the three country to achieve peace.
Syria has been the scene of militancy since the beginning of its civil war in March 2011, with various militant groups, including ISIS, controlling parts of the country.
The conflict has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.