Iran and Syria pledge to strengthen ties, confront US sanctions
Iran and Syria pledged on Sunday to confront US sanctions imposed on the two allies, saying their relations will strengthen under Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raeisi.
The announcement was made by Iran’s new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who was received at the airport a visit to Damascus by his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad.
Iran's top diplomat said the two countries have scored joint victories in the fight against terrorism, noting that his trip to Damascus was aimed at reviewing bilateral ties in various fields of trade and economy as well as other areas of mutual interest.
Amir-Abdollahian’s visit came a day after his trip to neighboring Iraq, where he participated in a conference in Baghdad aimed at easing tensions in the region.
Iran's foreign minister stated that the blood of Iranians and Syrians, which spilled on the battlefield of the fight against terrorism in Syria, is a guarantee for the continuation of the strategic relations between the two countries.
Iran’s top diplomat also met the country’s President Bashar al-Assad. No further details were given about Amir-Abdollahian's meeting with the Syrian president.
Amir-Abdollahian later told reporters that Israel is an important factor fomenting insecurity in the region.
Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, leading to the emergence of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the country, which in turn unified resistance groups to launch a massive campaign against terrorism.
The US has been maintaining an illegal military presence on the Syrian soil to supposedly bring security to Syria, collaborating with militants against the country’s legitimate government, stealing it’s crude oil resources, bombing the positions of the Syrian army and anti-terror popular forces, and imposing crippling sanctions on Damascus.