0407 GMT June 30, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the United States seeks to continue causing security and economic problems for Syria in another form.
Making the remark in a meeting with visiting Chief of Syria’s National Security Bureau Major General Ali Mamlouk in Tehran late on Monday, Raeisi added the arrogant powers’ hostility against regional nations has not decreased, president.ir reported.
The Iranian president noted that the United States has already created security and economic problems for Syria.
Commending the Syrian people’s unique resistance against terrorist groups, Raeisi highlighted the necessity of retaining the Arab state’s territorial integrity.
Turning to Iran-Syria economic cooperation, he called for the removal of the obstacles to the expansion of bilateral trade ties.
Raeisi emphasized that the strategic relations between Tehran and Damascus must be further developed, calling for the deepening of all-out bilateral ties.
He described the alliance between the two countries as unbreakable.
Commemorating those who were martyred in the fight against terrorism, including Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the president noted that Syria is the frontline of the battle against the Zionist regime.
Lieutenant General Soleimani and his Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were martyred along with their companions in a U.S. drone strike authorized by former president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Raeisi also urged greater unity among Muslim nations in the face of the Israeli regime’s acts.
Offering Raeisi and the Iranian people warm greetings by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Major General Mamlouk said Syria will never forget Tehran’s support for Damascus against terrorists.
He added his country is cognizant of some Arab state’s move to normalize relations with the Zionist regime.
Major General Mamlouk also met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the same day.
On Tuesday, a senior aide to the Iranian foreign minister met with the Syrian president in Damascus and discussed regional and international issues, IRNA reported.
During the meeting, Ali Asghar Khaji, the Iranian foreign minister’s senior aide for special political affairs, and Assad talked about bilateral ties and efforts by the two sides’ organizations to expand relations, particularly in the economic sector, in line with the friendly nations’ interests.
Khaji had traveled to Syria at the head of a delegation.
Discussing the Arab state’s political situation and the next round of the peace talks within the Astana format and in Geneva, the two sides stressed the importance of continuing the negotiations without any foreign interference and based on the strategy of achieving tangible results.
They also exchanged views about the progress and latest developments of the talks in Vienna on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal, as well as Ukraine’s crisis and the West’s unethical measures to exacerbate it.
On Monday, Khaji met Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and discussed expansion of Tehran-Damascus cooperation, the latest developments of Syria and Ukraine, and continuation of the peace negotiations within the Astana format.
Addressing the meeting, he said the policy of isolating Syria has ended in failure.
He stressed that the Islamic Republic will continue standing by the Syrian government and people.
Khaji gave the assurance that Iran would continue efforts to strengthen intra-Syrian talks, facilitate Syrian refugees’ return to their country, and reconstruct the Arab state.
The Syrian foreign minister praised Iran’s efforts in backing the Arab country and its people in the political and economic sectors and support for the intra-Syrian talks within the Astana format.
Mekdad added given the two countries’ strategic relations, consultations between them will always continue every time a turning point comes in regional developments.
He said Syria’s enemies seek to acquire what they failed to gain through a political battle and sanctions against the country, by sponsoring terrorist groups.