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Former Iran diplomat: Aleppo victory 'short lived'

Civilians walk in ruined buildings and streets after the Assad regime carried out airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria on December 9 2016 [Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu]
Civilians walk in ruined buildings and streets after the Assad regime carried out airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria on December 9 2016 [Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu]

The former director for West Asian affairs in the Iranian foreign ministry, Mir Mahmoud Mousavi, said "the success of the military operations in Aleppo in northern Syria will be for a short period after which we have to worry for the next 30 years."

"When the United States expelled the Taliban from the Afghan capital, Kabul amid Iranian silence, some believed that the problems may be over, but I was sure that they had only just begun" Mousavi said in an interview with the Iranian Shargh newspaper yesterday.

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"The killing of 300,000 people and the displacement of 12 million others in Syria, can only lead to hatred and violence," Mousavi, who was also Iran's ambassador to India and Pakistan, said.

"Syria's ten million families will live in hatred, and this needs over two decades to resolve."

Mousavi felt that security and peace must prevail in Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan in order for Iran to enjoy security at home.

"If these countries did not enjoy security and stability, our security and progress will be threatened," he warned.

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