Israel will 'regret aggression against Syria': Iran
DAMASCUS- Agence France-Presse
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Said Jalili speaks during a news conference in New Delhi January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi ThapliyalIsrael will regret its latest "aggression against Syria", Iran's security chief Saeed Jalili told reporters during a visit to Damascus on Monday.
"Just like it regretted all its wars... the Zionist entity will regret its aggression against Syria," Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said a day after Israel implicitly confirmed it staged an air strike near Damascus last week.
"The Syrian people and government are serious about this, and the Muslim world supports Syria," Jalili said.
"Syria is at the forefront of the Muslim world's confrontation with the Zionist entity," he added, in reference to Israel.
In Munich on Sunday, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak implicitly confirmed that the Jewish state had staged an air strike on Syria, following reports of an air raid which Damascus said targeted a military complex near the capital.
Barak told the Munich Security Conference that the strike was "another proof that when we say something we mean it." Wednesday's air strike targeted surface-to-air missiles and an adjacent military complex believed to house chemical agents, according to a US official.
Tehran has provided Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime with unequivocal support throughout the country's 22-month conflict, which the UN says has left more than 60,000 people dead.
Analysts have warned of the potential regional spillover of the conflict, which has divided the international community into two camps.
One Russia-led camp has backed Assad, the other, led by the United States, has supported the revolt.