IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari reaffirmed during a meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other Iranian diplomats Iran’s commitment to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Jafari, however, acknowledged that Russia’s goals in Syria might differ from Iran’s regarding Assad, stating: “Our dear friend to the north, which has now come to Syria and is helping militarily, is pursuing its own national interests; it is possible… that [Russia] is not looking for Assad to remain. In any case, [Russia] has arrived…and it is helping the resistance front.”
Jafari also promised that Iran will continue to support the Houthi movement in Yemen.
Khamenei meanwhile stressed that foreign countries should not dictate the future of Syria’s “governing system.” Khamenei instead claimed that “the solution to the Syrian issue is elections and for this action, war and unrest should first end…” The Supreme Leader also ruled out negotiating with the U.S. on regional issues, echoing his earlier statement to the same effect on October 7.