The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) stressed that Iran is seeking to increase its influence in Syria through various means, adding that Iran’s efforts are not limited to military control and sectarian change, but also seeking to take control of the country’s economy.
Member of the SOC’s political committee Zuhair Muhammed said that Iran continues to strengthen its influence in Syria amid total international inaction. He said that Iran has established 13 new companies in Syria since the beginning of 2022.
Muhammed pointed out that the Iranian intentions in Syria are clear, namely to expand its influence in all areas, especially by taking over the economy. He stressed that the Iranian economic expansion is as dangerous as its military expansion through its military arms and militias in the areas under its control.
He also said that Iran will not be satisfied with military presence as this will not last forever when political transition is put in place in accordance with UN resolutions. Iran is therefore seeking to penetrate the Syrian society by increasing its religious and economic influence in many parts of Syria.
Economic cooperation between the Assad and Iranian regimes has recently increased through licensing a big number of Iranian companies to operate in Syria. Meanwhile, the Iranian militias are still committing heinous crimes against the Syrian people.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)