Special adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, has called on his country to recover the price it has paid in Syria.
Speaking at a seminar in Tehran, Safavi pointed out that Russia has concluded long term agreements in Syria adding that “Iran has to recover what it has paid in the war from the Syrian oil, gas and phosphate”.
“The Russians have signed agreements for 49 years in Syria, through which they obtained a military base and political and economic privileges, and Iran can conclude long-term agreements with the Syrian government,” he said.
The Iranian adviser said his country is currently exporting phosphate from Syria.
Remarking on Turkey and the Free Syrian Army’s “Operation Olive Branch” against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Afrin area, Safavi pointed out that countries in the region “will not turn a blind eye to the establishment of a Kurdish state”.
“If they do not find an outlet on the Mediterranean Sea they will not be able to establish a Kurdish state, and Turkey entered Afrin to cut the path in front of them,” he said.
He pointed out that the development of relations between Iran and Turkey will affect the region’s issues. “Turkey and Iran can increase the volume of trade between them to $30 billion.”