Iran says US no longer has pretext to attack Syria
TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Saturday the United States no longer has a pretext to attack Syria, following a deal struck to eliminate that country's chemical weapons.
"The new situation means in fact that any pretext for the United States and certain countries to engage in military action against Syria has been removed," Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.
His was the first reaction from Teheran - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - to the ambitious deal, struck between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva.
"We can even talk of a success by the front of the resistance (against Israel)" - Iran, Syria, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas, Amir-Abdollahian said.