Bagheri, Gerasimov:

Fight against terrorism to continue unabated in Syria

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TEHRAN, Apr. 08 (MNA) – Iranian and Russian chiefs of staff of armed forces have condemned US air strikes against a Syrian airbase near Homs.

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri and Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia talked over the phone the latest situation in Syria following the US targeting by 59 Tomahawks of Syrian Shayrat air base purportedly to destroy air fighters which had bombarded Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib earlier last week by reportedly chemical weapons.

Bagheri offered condolences to Gerassimov for death of civilians during a terrorist explosion in St. Petersburg underground train.

Both sides condemned the US action as blatant violation of the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation which sought to hit the collective will of Iran and Russia in successfully bringing about stability in the country and to provide leverage to terrorist groups who had been in their zenith on the ground in Syria. "Fight against terrorism will continue unabated nevertheless; the chemical episode was suspect and we believe an independent fact-finding committee should look into the issue and provide clear information as to the perpetrators of the horrible act," they emphasized over the phone.

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