Bolton: US Troops Will Remain in Syria 'As Long As the Iranian Menace Continues'

The subject of their talks was not disclosed, although at a public event in Moscow later Velayati seemed unwilling to give any leeway on the question of Iran’s ongoing involvement in Syria.

“We came [to Syria] not at the invitation of the United States, and we will not leave because of its threats,” Velayati said at the Valdai Discussion Club, an international dialogue forum backed by the Kremlin.

Iran will maintain its presence in Syria, despite the “destabilizing” presence of American and French troops there, the Valdai Club quoted him as saying.