Iran defense minister vows continued support for Syria
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says Tehran will continue its support for the Syrian government and nation in their battle against terrorism.
In a telephone conversation with his Syrian counterpart General Fahd Jassem al-Freij on Tuesday, Dehqan hailed the recent victories by the Syrian military and volunteer forces against terrorist groups operating in the country.
The Syrian government troops have been conducting operations against foreign-backed terrorist elements across the country and succeeded in making significant advances in numerous places in the provinces of Daraa, Sweida, Homs, Aleppo, and Lattakia as well as the Damascus countryside.
The advances of the Syrian government forces against the Takfiri Daesh militants and other terrorist groups have been expedited by the air cover provided by Russia, which began some six weeks ago.
Dehqan further said a “very bright and promising future” is awaiting Syria, adding that the Syrian people will prevail in the fight against terrorism.
The Syrian minister, for his part, said Iran is instrumental in bringing back stability and security to Syria.
Freij apprised his Iranian counterpart of the latest developments with regard to Syria’s anti-terror campaign.
The Iranian and Syrian defense ministers also discussed bilateral defense cooperation and the latest regional and international issues.
The crisis in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has so far claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced nearly half of the country’s population within or out of its borders.