According to Angela Merkel, the influence of Iran and Russia in Syria is increasing. Because the two countries aim at eliminating terrorism.
According to Sputnik, Angela Merkel The Chancellor of Germany was spoken on German Parliament "When I talk about the geopolitical implications (of Turkey's operations in Syria), one should take into account the fact that after the withdrawal of US troops, Russia's role with Iran in the region is growing," Bundestag said in a government statement on the EU agenda. It has been remarkable. His presence and influence Iran And Russia In Syria more than ever before.
Mojtaba Jalalzadeh, an expert on international affairs and US policy in dealing with Iran, spoke to Sputnik.
Does Merkel's remarks mean that Europeans, despite US claims that Iran is "complicit in terrorism," have acknowledged Iran's role as a mediator in major conflicts and counterterrorism efforts?
What happened in Syria in the wake of the events of the Arab Spring in 2011 began in Tunisia and reached Syria. But these events were distinct in Syria, because the root of these unrest and its continuation in Egypt and Tunisia was different. Three groups of foreign countries had interests in Syria, the first group being Iranian and Russian, as well as Western and American-led countries, as well as militias in Syria.
In fact, it can be said that the United States and Iran have always had many challenges in their relations, and both have a different view of international terrorism. Iran, for example, does not see some groups as terrorists, while the United States regards any part that goes against Washington's interests as "terrorism".
The Syrian issue is no exception, with Iran's military and intelligence presence in Syria as one of the most important countries in the Middle East and one that has long-term strategic and strategic interests aimed at destroying ISIS.
In fact, one of the most lauded countries after the disappearance and weakening of ISIS in Syria was the Islamic Republic of Iran, which together with other allies, including Russia, was able to defeat ISIS. This was not pleasant for Americans, for Americans who had been claiming to fight terrorism for years.
But the reality is that Iran's key role in combating terrorism and ISIS is very clear. Iran is in the geography of the Middle East and has many interests in the region.
But what Ms. Merkel has said is an undeniable fact. It is a fact that Europeans, unlike Americans, regard the Middle East as their frontier and see Iran not as a center of evil, but as a prominent player in the Middle East, although in some cases European countries follow US policies. are.
Do Europeans also see Russia's role in resolving the Syrian crisis as positive?
Russia's presence in Syria has a clear message for Americans and Europeans that Americans cannot achieve a positive Coen in the Middle East in the future, and that the United States in Syria cannot achieve its own interests like the war in Afghanistan.
But Russia's presence in the Middle East is different. And the look at Russia's presence in the region is positive and different. Russia's presence in Syria remains a major power in the world, although it has faced opposition from the United States and the European Union, but we and Syria still want Russia's presence and presence in the region.