Iran will never coordinate with the United States in Syria and other regional conflicts, supreme leader Ali Khamenei said in remarks published on his website Sunday.
“We don’t want such a coordination as their main objective is to stop Iran’s presence in the region,” Khamenei said in a transcript from a speech to university students.
Iran and Russia support Assad regime’s war against the Syrian civilians and the rebels, while the claim to fight terrorism in Syria. ISIS and al-Nusra Front groups benefited from the chaos in Syria to achieve their goals, and Assad regime used them as an excuse to legitimate its war on civilians and ending the uprising.
US started a campaign to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Tehran rejected any coordination with the US-led coalition that is also bombing the extremists in Syria and Iraq.
Khamenei repeated demands for the US to stop interfering in the region and said Washington was still acting aggressively despite last year’s nuclear accord with world powers to end Iran’s isolation.
“Americans are still engaged in hostility against the nation of Iran, be it the Congress or the US administration,” he said.
In spite of the nuclear deal reached between world powers and Iran last year Tehran complains it hasn’t benefited substantially.
“Those who believe in looking to the West for the progress of the country have lost their minds because wisdom tells us to learn from experience,” Khamenei added.
In reality, however, European companies have lined up to do business with Tehran, which has already upped its support for Middle Eastern terrorist groups and other sectarian proxies since receiving lucrative sanctions relief under the nuclear deal.
Khamenei also leveled a veiled swipe at those within Iran who favored cutting a deal with the US – despite the fact that he himself gave the deal his blessing.
“Those who believe in looking to the West for the progress of the country have lost their minds because wisdom tells us to learn from experience,” Khamenei said.