TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Velayati highlighted the arrogant nature of the US and said whether they want it or not, the Americans should leave the Middle East because there is no reason for their continued presence in the region.
He said they have come to the region “without any invitation” and are seeking to establish their dominance.
The senior official further said the US is trying to create another chaos in Iraq and Syria, particularly in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa.
Back on October 20, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they had fully cleared Raqqa from Daesh with the support of the US. The US-led alliance confirmed this report a few hours later and US President Donald Trump called the operation to free the city a "critical breakthrough" and claimed that a "transition into a new phase" would follow it.
However, an official source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that Damascus considers, and will consider, Raqqa an occupied city until it comes under the control of the Syrian army.
The source said that Syria considers the United States’ claims about the liberation of Raqqa city from Daesh as lies aiming to divert international public opinion from the crimes committed by this alliance in Raqqa province.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.