Iran, Syria Ink 5 MoUs to Boost Mutual Cooperation
Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and visiting Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis were present in the signing ceremony.
Khamis arrived in Tehran on Monday night and was officially welcomed by Jahangiri.
The Syrian prime minister’s visit to Iran comes after a visit by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) to Damascus last week.
Shamkhani’s visit to Syria took place with the aim of coordinating efforts to restore peace and stability to that country.
The Syrian prime minister and Shamkhani will discuss various topics during their upcoming visit to Tehran.
Khamis’s visit to Tehran will come only a week ahead of Iran-Russia-Turkey meeting in Astana where representatives from Syrian government and the opposition groups will sit down at the negotiating table in an attempt to achieve a positive result to end the six-year-long conflict in the Arab country.
In relevant remarks earlier on Monday, Shamkhani underlined that Tehran will continue its support for the Syrian government and people.
“Supporting Syria and Bashar al-Assad and fighting terrorism is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategy for protecting the resistance front, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will stand beside Syria as long as the Syrian government feels the need,” Shamkhani said.
Stressing President Assad’s popularity, he said, “In the view of the Syrian people, he has been able to resist during the current crisis despite all the political, security and economic pressures.”
“If the westerners believe that Assad is not popular anymore, then why are they concerned about his candidacy again,” Shamkhani asked.
His remarks came after President Assad appreciated Iran for its sincere support for Damascus in the war on terrorism, and said Tehran should also be congratulated for the recent victories against the terrorist groups in Syria, specially in Aleppo.
“We should felicitate you on these victories (too) since they have been materialized with your support,” President Assad said in a meeting with Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Damascus earlier this month after the latter congratulated him on the recent successes in the war on terrorism.
Iran has helped Syria in the fight against the terrorist groups by playing a military advisory role based on the defense agreements between the two countries.