Syrian-Iranian talks to step up bilateral relations and joint cooperation

The Syrian government delegation headed by Prime Minister Imad Khamis and the Iranian First Vice President Ishaq Juhangiri held today a formal discussion session on bilateral relations between Syria and Iran and the most important bilateral and regional issues.

The discussions were held at the Saadabad Cultural Presidential Complex in Tehran with the participation of members of the government delegation, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Muallem and Minister of Defense General Ali Ayoub, and on the Iranian side, Minister of Roads and Urban Construction Muhammad Islami and Defense Minister General Amir Hatimi.

 

At the beginning of the discussions, Engineer Khamis and the government delegation conveyed their condolences and expressed solidarity with the Iranian government and people for the martyrdom of General Qassem Soleimani.

Eng. Khamis praised the deep rooted relations between the two countries, pointing out that the visit comes at a stage in which Iran faces, with the martyrdom of General Soleimani,  a new chapter of the war on it and the region.

The Premier voiced Syria's full solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran and support in its right to defend itself and confront any conspiracy, noting that Iran is able to overcome this ordeal.

The talks dealt with issues of common concern, regional and international transformations and  ways to enhance bilateral relations to confront the unfair conspiracies and sanctions on both countries, especially in light of the developments of events that require more coordination and cooperation.

For his part, Juhangiri pointed out that the region suffers from instability as a result of foreign interference, stressing the need for the continuation of coordination and consultation with Syria until the return of Syrian sovereignty over its entire territory and its purging of terrorism.

The two sides stressed the continuation of work and coordination in various political and economic fields in a manner consistent with the requirements of the current stage.

The talks session was attended by the Syrian ambassador to Iran, Dr. Adnan Mahmoud, and the Iranian ambassador to Syria, Javad Turk Abadi.

An official reception ceremony took place for the engineer Khamis and the accompanying delegation, where the two national anthems were played, and the guard of honor was reviewed.

Engineer Khamis arrived Sunday evening in the Iranian capital at the head of a government delegation.

In a relevant context, the Syrian government’s delegation held meetings with Speaker of the Iranian Shoura Council Ali Larijani and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani during which the delegation offered condolences over the martyrdom of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and stressed Syria’s solidarity with Iran in the confrontation of the conspiracy the United States has been hatching against the region.

Khamis emphasized that the Iranian retaliation against the US crime by striking its military base in Aid al-Asad in Iraq has sent a message to all countries of the world, particularly the forces of arrogance, that Iran is strong enough to deter all the acts of aggression and conspiracies targeting it and that the resistance will continue as the option to liberate the region from terrorism and its supporters.

He hailed the key role played by martyr Soleimani in fighting terrorist groups in Syria, affirming the need of continuous coordination and cooperation between Syria and Iran to foil all the conspiracies that aim at destroying the region and looting its wealth.

He held the United States responsible for the catastrophes taking place in the region, reiterating Syria’s determination to press ahead with liberating the entire Syrian territory from terrorism and with confronting the repercussions of the economic war on the country.  

The Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem said that “the aim of the Syrian government delegation’s visit is to voice solidarity with the Iranian leadership, government and people in these tragic circumstances.”   

Larijani, on his part, said that the martyrdom of Soleimani will accelerate the departure of the US forces from the region, adding that resistance will continue Soleimani’s path by pressing ahead with confronting terrorism and all hegemony schemes in the region.

Shamkhani reaffirmed his country’s support for Syria in all fields, stressing that the Iranian retaliation to Soleimani’s martyrdom will have defensive impacts in the region.

He said that “unity and cooperation between countries of the axis of resistance have changed equations in the region.”  

 Inas Abdulkarrem/ Hamda Mustafa