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Top Iran commander: Saudi dictated by Zionists to insist on Assad’s removal

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said the insistence of Saudi govt. on removal of Bashar al Assad would bring Syria under Takfiri rule, adding Assad’s removal is ‘Zionists’ dictated demand.’

Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi in response to positions adopted by Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed Syrian opposition groups in the current talks on the future of Syria said, “the selection of a nation’s leader will be decided by the country’s own people and a political insistence on dismissing or appointing a leader for another country is a blatant enmity with democracy.”

“Saudis still assume they are living 15 years ago and are pushing world powers to take measures the way Al Saud took power and rule over Islamic countries,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Firouzabadi deemed such beliefs and positions ‘obsolete’, ‘reactionary’, and a dream that will never come true.

He stressed that the insistence of Saudi government and its backed Syrian groups for removing Assad would mean the spread of ISIL terrorists and the rise of a Takfiri government in Syria.

“Removal of Bashar al Assad is the dictated demand of the Zionists,” he added.

“The UN is fully aware of the fact that Saudis’ demands on this issue are absurd and baseless, yet for political reasons, the UN tolerates their presence,” said Firouzabadi, adding “independent countries such as Iran, Russia and a number of Arab states will, however, support the Syrian people and their demands.”

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