Iran Eyes New Steps to Broaden Syria Ties

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi described the meeting with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus in May as a testimony to the “big victory” for the resistance front, hoping that the two allies would take new steps in expanding their relations.

The Iranian president made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation comprising three visiting Syrian ministers, which was being headed by the Arab country’s Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad, in Tehran on Tuesday.

Raisi hailed the Syrian government and people’s steadfastness and resistance against all-out sedition and aggression over the course of 12 years. He was referring to Damascus’ successful confrontation against fierce foreign-backed militancy and terrorism that started afflicting the Arab nation in 2011.

The May 3 visit between him and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — the first one to take place between two Iranian and Syrian officials in that capacity since the start of the foreign-backed violence — served to convey the important message of great victory for the regional resistance front and approach, Raisi noted.

The Iranian president laid emphasis on the need for “complete implementation” of the agreements that were reached during his trip, especially those concerning the economic and trade area, saying, “I hope that in near future, we get to witness (the implementation of) the next steps towards further development of the countries’ ties.”

Mekdad, for his part, said his visit alongside his fellow Syrian ministers had taken place on Assad’s initiative as means of conveying the depth of the strategic bilateral relations, Press TV reported.

The Syrian top diplomat concluded his remarks by saying that, led by the Islamic Republic, the regional resistance front had shown that it could frustrate whatever plot could start targeting the region.

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