President Al-Assad, Iranian Official Discuss US Escalation against Iran, Progress in War on Terrorism in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed Syria's full support for Iran's leadership in defense of the rights of the Iranian people and in confrontation of US threats and procedures that violate International law principles.

President Al-Assad made the remarks during his meeting on Tuesday with Ali Asghar Khaji, the Iranian Foreign Minister's senior aide for Political Affairs, and the accompanying delegation.

Talks dealt with developments of the Iranian nuclear deal following Washington's withdrawal from it and the recent US escalation against Iran aiming to destabilize the region and increase tension.

Discussion also focused on the progress made in the war on terrorism in Syria and the retaliation against the attacks being launched by the terrorist organizations in Idleb against civilians in neighboring areas. Developments in the political process, the forthcoming round of Astana talks on Syria and the regional and international situation were also discussed.

 President Al-Assad and Asghar Khaji also talked about the strong Syrian-Iranian relations.

Khaji affirmed the deep strategic relations between the two countries and affirmed Iran's determination to continue boosting these ties in all domains to serve the interests of the peoples of the two countries.

He reaffirmed the firm support of the Iranian people and leadership for Syria until it liberates all its occupied lands and rebuilds what the terrorist war on the country has destroyed.

In the same context, Deputy premier, Minister of Foreign Affair and Expatriates Walid al-Al-Moallem met Asghar Khaji and discussed with him the continuity of coordination and consultation on holding international meetings on the political process in Syria.

 The two sides also discussed enhancing strategic ties between Syria and Iran, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the region, developments in the regional and international stances after the recent US escalation in the Gulf against Iran and the US economic terrorism against Syria and Iran.

Viewpoints of the two sides were identical on all topics discussed.

Hamda Mustafa