Ali Shirazi speaking to Tasnim news agency pointed to the Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani’s presence in Iraq to support Iraqi forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said "The Islamic Republic of Iran backs Muslims all around the world, regardless of their sect if it is Shia or Sunni. In the meantime, Iran does not need to be physically present in those countries.”
The mission of the Guard Corps’ Quds forces is to back Islamic uprisings. But this does not mean that wherever there is a movement around there world, the Quds forces must be present, he asserted.
Shirazi further explained "We rather convey experiences to Muslim and friendly countries. It is not needed for us to be there in person in order to convey the experiences. Maybe to convey our experiences to Iraq we hold some meetings, which do not need to be held in Iraq either, since we can hold them in Iran.”
Further pointing to developments in Lebanon and Palestine he said "The Lebanese Hezbollah is powerful enough to stand against Israel by itself. Israel is so scared about the resistance.”
Pointing to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s assertion about arming the West Bank, Shirazi said "If it is necessary for us to have our military power there at the West Bank, we will provide the support; but this does not mean that we would be physically present there.”