Iran calls on US to withdraw from Syria

Iran calls on US to withdraw from Syria
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A top Iranian official called Wednesday for United States troops withdraw from Syria and defended Iran's own military presence in the country after U.S. Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE called on Iran to withdraw its troops.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader, criticized the U.S. presence in Syria and called for American forces to be withdrawn.

“Those should leave Syria who are there without the permission of the Syrian legal government,” Velayati said.

On a visit to Jordan on Wednesday, Tillerson said Iran and Iran-backed forces needed to be withdrawn from Syria after recent confrontations between Iran and Israel.

Iran said the Syrian government asked Iran to send forces into Syria.

“Iran’s military presence in Syria was based on invitation of the Syrian government,” Velayati responded, according to Reuters.