Last updated: 23 September, 2014

Iran says US-led strikes violate Syria sovereignty

Iran condemned the US-led strikes on jihadist militants in Syria on Tuesday as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

“Any kind of military intervention in Syria without the demand of the government of this country and without abiding by international laws is not acceptable,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying by official news agency IRNA.

“War on terrorism cannot be used as a pretext to deny national sovereignty,” he said, adding that Tehran would consult with Damascus and “international actors” including the United Nations about the strikes.

Tehran has been a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, where Washington and Arab allies launched deadly air and sea strikes on the positions of Islamic State group jihadists.