SYRIAN ENVOY WANTS US TO PAY FOR HARASSMENT OF IRANIAN AIRLINER
Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said on Saturday, July 25, 2020, that the US should be held accountable for threatening an Iranian passenger plane recently.
"If we don't call them accountable to this act, they will repeat it again," al-Jaafari told the Iranian news agency IRNA in an online interview in New York.
Iran's Mahan Air passenger plane was on route to Beirut, Lebanon, when it was threatened by two American fighter jets on Syrian airspace on Thursday night, July 23. Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has lodged protest with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the US aggression on Iranian passenger plane, which wounded some passengers and crew members.
Asked why the US is threatening other nations while it claims that its presence in Syria is to combat terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS), the envoy said the presence of US forces in Syria is "an illegal occupation." So, "it is not a presence, it is an occupation" in accordance with the international law, the ambassador added. Al-Jaafari said that all US acts, which include jeopardizing safety of civil airliner or jeopardizing the safety of the Syrian people or helping the terrorists expand terrorist acts through Syrian territory, are illegal and should be condemned.