5 February 2024

Iran’s UN ambassador told the Security Council that “all of the resistance groups in the region are independent and their decisions and actions are motivated by… ending the illegal presence of the U.S. in their territories, stopping the genocide in Gaza and ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories. Therefore, any attempt to attribute these actions to Iran or its Armed forces is misleading, baseless and unacceptable”. He further claimed that “Iran has no military presence in Iraq, nor does it have bases or military advisers… In Syria, Iranian military advisers are legally present since they were invited officially by the Syrian government to fight terrorism… Claims that Iran's bases in Iraq and Syria were attacked are rejected as unfounded and regarded as attempts to shift attention away from the U.S.’s aggressive actions”.

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