Hezbollah and the soldiers and advisers of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will continue to play “an active role in maintaining a long-lasting cessation of hostilities” in Syria. This was announced on Thursday, November 23, by the commander of the IRGC Brig. General Mohammad Ali Jafari.
Regional tensions in the Middle East have escalated off late between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, whose rivalry has wrecked havoc in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia has denounced Iran-backed Hezbollah for helping Houthi rebels in Yemen and launching a ballistic missile on Saudi Arabia.
Hezbollah will not be Disarmed
At the same time, the commander of the elite troops of Iran rejected the demands of some forces in the Middle East on the disarmament of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and the immediate expulsion of his fighters from Syria.
“Hezbollah should be armed to fight the enemy of the Lebanese people, which is Israel. In fact, they must have the best weapons to ensure the security of Lebanon, “the Iranian military leader said.