“If it had not been for Hezbollah there [in Syria], Daesh would have been here [in Lebanon],” Berri said, referring to ISIL by its Arabic acronym.
Berri also said that Iranian troops and Russian forces were in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but that the United States had deployed its troops without seeking the Syrian government’s permission.
He said that Hezbollah and Iran would not withdraw from Syria until its “territorial integrity” is regained.
Berri called for negotiations to take place between the countries involved in the Syrian conflict, stressing the need for a political solution.
“I believe that without negotiations between Russia, the United States, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and at least one European country…it is impossible to resolve the Syrian crisis.
“Political solution cannot be reached without agreement between these parties,” he said.
He dismissed talks of France asking Lebanon to mediate in organising talks between regional countries on Syria.
“Lebanon does not play any role in this topic,” Berri said. “It, of course, can benefit from the settlement in Syria, but it cannot impose this decision.”