Syrian President Assad invites Iran's FM Zarif to visit Damascus
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 27, 2019 04:11PM
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit Damascus.
The Syrian ambassador to Tehran conveyed the invitation to Zarif during a telephone conversation on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Zarif held a telephone conversation with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem to discuss the latest developments in bilateral ties and exchange views following Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Iran on Monday.
During his trip, Assad held talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Ayatollah Khamenei said in the meeting that the Islamic Republic was honored to support Syria, which he said was equal to supporting the entire resistance front.
Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that the triumph of the resistance front in Syria had made Americans angry and prompted them to hatch new plots, adding, "The issue of the buffer zone, which Americans seek to establish in Syria, is among those dangerous plots that must be categorically rejected and stood against."
The Leader reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran would continue to stand by the Syrian nation, adding, "Through resistance and cooperation of its people, Syria managed to stand fast against a big coalition consisting of America, Europe and their allies in the region and emerge triumphant from this crisis."
The Syrian president, for his part, lauded Iran's unwavering support for his country, saying that the Syria war was similar to the eight-year Iraqi imposed war against Iran during the 1980s.
Rouhani said in his meeting with Assad that the Islamic Republic was ready to help Syria with its reconstruction plans and restore stability to the war-ravaged country.
Pointing to "highly valuable and important" achievements gained by the Syrian government and army in their battle against terrorists, Rouhani said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the Syrian nation and government in the fight against terrorism in Syria and has spared no efforts in this regard."
Assad, for his part, said the Syrian government and nation were always thankful for Iran's support for Damascus in the campaign against terrorists while lauding Tehran's efforts to restore security to Syria and the entire Middle East region.
Over the past years, Iran has been lending military advisory support to the Syrian military in its battle against militants and Takfiri terrorists. The foreign-backed groups started a campaign of bloodshed and destruction against the Arab country in 2011.
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