Speaking in a phone conversation with Syria’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Hussein Arnous on Thursday, Jahangiri called Iran “Syria’s strategic partner,” which would changelessly stand by the Syrian people and government’s side.
“The unscrupulous assassination of Martyr Lieutenant General [Qassem] Soleimani has not effected any change in Iran’s policy of backing Syria and the resistance front,” Jahangiri added.
General Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), proved a decisive element in the regional fight against foreign-backed militancy and Takfiri terrorism. He directed Iran’s military advisory support for Syria and Iraq during the height of Daesh’s campaign against the countries, a contribution that resulted in the Takfiri terrorist group’s defeat in late 2017.
A US drone attack assassinated the general and senior Iraqi anti-terror commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, among others, in early January as the former was on an official visit to Baghdad.
“The Islamic Republic will not spare any effort to help reduce the [existing] pressures facing the Syrian people. By God’s grace, Syria will reclaim its power, calm, and stability,” Jahangiri noted.
The Islamic Republic began providing Syria with advisory military assistance after numerous states, at the head of them the US and its Western and regional allies, began funding and arming militants and terrorists with the aim of deposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Despite initially losing considerable expanses of territory to Daesh and other terror outfits, the country, however, rallied with the help of Iran and Russia, another Damascus’ ally, and reversed the balance in favor of itself on the battleground.
’Syria defeated terrorism’
The Iranian official hailed that the Syrian people, Armed Forces, and government had successfully withstood multiple adversities.
“Syria has attained good achievements,” Iran’s first vice president said, adding that among regional Arab states, Damascus’ “powerful performance” against terrorism indicates that the Syrian people “triumphed” against the evil phenomenon.
The victories, though, enraged the Israeli regime that reacted by resorting to military incursions into Syria, Jahangiri noted, saying the Islamic Republic condemns the aggression.Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli airstrike on HamaSyrian air defenses have thwarted Israeli airstrikes over the western province of Hama.
The Iranian vice president, meanwhile, urged the international community, especially the United Nations, to provide serious support for the Syrian people amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus, mainly by enabling transfer of medicine and staples to them.
The Syrian official, for his part, said the Islamic Republic’s supportive stance towards Syria “has turned into a strategy that serves to reinforce the countries’ ties against the enemies of the resistance front.”
He also voiced Damascus’ interest in further deepening of the relations, and expressed gratitude towards Tehran for its assisting the Syrian people and attempts at lessening the pressures that they are facing.