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US and Iran call on each other to withdraw from Syria

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United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson . (photo credit: REUTERS/ALEX BRANDON/POOL)

AMMAN – The United States has a fairly well advanced Middle East peace plan that has been under development for a number of months, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday during a visit to Jordan.

Tillerson also said that Iran and Iran-backed forces should withdraw from Syria where Washington was quite concerned about a recent confrontation between Iran and Israel.

Tillerson also said the United States needed to find a way to continue to work in the same direction as its major NATO ally Turkey, and that he hoped to have talks about how to work cooperatively to lessen threats to Turkey.

Meanwile, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Iran’s military presence in Syria was legitimate and based on the invitation of Damascus, and called on the US forces to leave the country.

Reacting to Tillerson’s statement that Iran needed to withdraw military from Syria, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader, said: “Iran’s military presence in Syria was based on invitation of the Syrian government.”

“Those should leave Syria who are there without the permission of the Syrian legal government,” Velayati was quoted as saying by ISNA, answering a question about Tillerson’s comments.

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