Iran, Syria seek to safeguard resistance front, fight Zionism: Velayati


A senior Iranian official says Iran and Syria have “fundamental” commonalities vis-à-vis the resistance front and share the objective of safeguarding it in the Middle East.

“Iran and Syria aim to maintain the resistance front in the region and stand up against Zionism and its allies,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, told reporters following a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Damascus on Monday.

Velayati added that all-out cooperation between Tehran and Damascus had protected Syria in the face of foreign aggression, saying, “The Americans and Zionists have understood that what they had sought to impose on the Syrian government and nation was nothing but an illusion.”

Velayati emphasized that Iran and Syria have always interacted with each other and improved their coordination.

Iran-Syria relations strategic: Muallem

The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, said his country had strategic relations with Iran in all fields.

Muallem added that Iran was a partner to the victories of the Syrian army and people in the fight against Daesh terrorists.

Daesh has recently retreated from much of the territory under its control amid sweeping advances by Syrian soldiers and allied fighters on the battlefield.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

Iran is supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in its fight against terrorism. The Islamic Republic has been providing military advisory support for the Syrian forces at the request of Damascus.

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