"Any act of aggression towards Syria is aggression towards the Arab world and the region," Mekdad said.

"Our response will be to attack American interests," said Mekdad, considered highly influential in the Assad government.

Mekdad also warned that possible US intervention would deepen "hatred for the Americans" and destabilize the whole of Middle East.

Any attack against Syria would be "support for Al Qaeda and its affiliates, whether Jabat al-Nusra or the State of Islam in Syria and Iraq".


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