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Syria talks could pose trap for Damascus: Iran commander

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (front row facing camera, 3rd L) stands in Tehran November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Khamenei.ir/Handout

BEIRUT: The deputy chief of staff of Iran’s military stressed Monday the importance of the Geneva 2 peace conference for Syria but advised his allies in Damascus to exercise vigilance at the talks to avoid falling into a possible trap.

“ Syria needs to be alert not to fall into the trap of the [ Geneva 2] conference,” Iran’s IRNA quoted Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri as saying.

Jazayeri said the U.S. and “its terrorist allies” were turning to political means in order to compensate for failing to topple the Syrian regime and urged Damascus to prepare and “not trust the other side” at the talks.

He also criticized the deal reached in the first conference on Syria in 2013, saying it only served the interests of “foreign forces” and therefore could not be used as a basis for Geneva 2 due later this week.

The military official also stressed the need for the “Syrian resistance, both government and people,” to continue in order to confront “one of the greatest terrorist wars of modern times and completely defeat terrorism,” according to IRNA.

 

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Summary

The deputy chief of staff of Iran's military stressed Monday the importance of the Geneva 2 peace conference for Syria but advised his allies in Damascus to exercise vigilance at the talks to avoid falling into a possible trap.

Jazayeri said the U.S. and "its terrorist allies" were turning to political means in order to compensate for failing to topple the Syrian regime and urged Damascus to prepare and "not trust the other side" at the talks.

He also criticized the deal reached in the first conference on Syria in 2013, saying it only served the interests of "foreign forces" and therefore could not be used as a basis for Geneva 2 due later this week.


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