Syria's Alliance with Iran and Other Friends Led to Strategic Achievements in War on Terrorism: PA Speaker

TEHRAN, (ST)- Speaker of the People's Assembly (PA) Hammouda al-Sabbagh has stressed that Syria's alliance with Iran and other friends has resulted in strategic achievements in the war on terrorism and in eliminating the structure of Daesh terror organization as well as in the fight to clear the entire Syrian territory from the takfiri terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and other affiliated groups.

In his statement on Wednesday at the 13th Session of the Parliamentary Union of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Tehran, Sabbagh said Syria is being targeted by a terrorist war because of its support for the Palestinian cause and resistance.

 He hailed Iran's support for Syria in the confrontation of the most heinous Zionist takfiri terrorist aggression ever in which a huge number of terrorist and political mercenaries have been taking part accompanied by a media and psychological war as well as by economic and diplomatic pressure on Syria.

"Syria, led by President Bashar Al-Assad, depends in its policies on several principles including cancelling the culture of aggression, avoiding wars and conflicts in international relations, solving all disputes through dialogue and in accordance with international laws and international legitimacy principles, maintaining good neighborhood, adopting equality between all parties and preserving the right to self determination away from foreign intervention," said al-Sabbagh.

Syria to press ahead with fighting terrorism

The PA Speaker reiterated Syria's determination to press ahead with combating terrorism and with supporting all who sacrifice to confront it. "Our mission is to make right and clear decisions that put an end to claims saying that Islam is responsible for terrorism and clarify that Islam is against terrorism and  its supporters and funders," he clarified.

He called for peace on the basis of maintaining Syria's national unity, eliminating terrorism and foiling its dangerous project.

He pointed out that the Syrian and Iraqi peoples are defending Islam, Arabs and the entire world, because Terrorism has become a danger threatening all. He urged participants in the conference to stand against terrorism and its supporters not in order to defend Syria or Iraq but to defend themselves, their homelands, their religion and their existence.

Palestinian Cause

Regarding Palestine, al-Sabbagh affirmed that the battle is the same in Syria and Palestine, noting that over tens of years, the Syrian people have sacrificed a lot in defense of the Palestinian cause. He pointed out that Iran also has been backing the Palestinian people and resistance.

Concluding his statement, Sabbagh thanked Iran, as leadership, government and people, for supporting Syria and highly appreciated efforts exerted  by leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Sayyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani to unite Islamic countries' stances in the face of challenges.

Hamda Mustafa