Iran “firmly” rejects claims that a group of people abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus include members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.
All the individuals are pilgrims who sought to visit holy sites in Damascus to commemorate the birth of one of the Muslim Shiite Imams, Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with the state-run Al-Alam news channel.
“Those who carried out this operation had pre-planned it and they have kidnapped Iranians before,” he said in a report published on Iranian state television’s website. “Their aim is to put pressure on Iran to end its support for the Syrian nation.”
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