World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran's foreign ministry on Monday denied remarks by the Revolutionary Guards commander-in-chief that members of the country's military forces were present in Syria and Lebanon, according to Arabic language Al Alam television.
In comments published by Iranian media on Sunday, Mohammad Ali Jafari said members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were providing non-military assistance in Syria and Lebanon, adding that Tehran might get involved militarily in Syria if its closest ally came under attack.
"Reports by some Arabic and Western media, citing ... Jafari were selective, false and with political aims," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran's Al Alam television.
"Iran has no military presence in the region, especially in Syria," Mehmanparast added.
It was not immediately possible to clarify the apparent contradiction between Mehmanparast and Jafari's position.
Jafari's comments had been the first official acknowledgement that Iran had military personnel on the ground in Syria.
Mehmanparast's denial hinted that Jafari's comments had caused problems for Iran, which was asked by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman earlier in the day to assure that its Revolutionary Guards had no presence in his country now.
People are upset about quality of water and electricity supply across the country
Iran's top nuclear negotiator says parliament does not have authority over the nuclear agreement
Cairo would announce its verdict on August 10 to allow for 'further deliberations'
Human cost of clashes in Iraq in July reaches at least 1,332 people, says UNAMI
Russian, US, Saudi officials will discuss peace moves in Syria, Yemen and Libya
Kurdish regional government denounces PKK and says PKK should leave Iraqi Kurdistan
17-year-old was shot by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting murder of Palestinian infant by Jewish extremists
Khaled Bahah is highest ranking official to return to the devastated city since government announced its liberation in mid-July
Pro-Assad daily Al-Akhbar reported that Ali Mamlouk had flown to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman
Ban Ki-moon says illegal settlement has given rise to violent extremism
Coalition forces supporting 'credible, reliable partners' in Daesh fight, says Gen. Killea
Sale will 'contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States' says State Deptartment
Many Egyptians remember Naguib for his role in the 'Free Officers' movement, which deposed King Faruq, the country's last king.
State of emergency extension was decided because Tunisia remained 'at war against terrorism'
EU calls for full accountability, effective law enforcement and zero tolerance for settler violence
Saudi Arabia has been a fervent supporter of the ousting of Egyptian President Morsi however the two countries have been at odds over a number of regional issues