Feb 16, 2020 11:33 UTC
  • Larijani heads to Syria amid Idlib operation

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has traveled to Syria as the Arab country is conducting a major operation to liberate the last terrorist-held bastion.

According to Press TV, Larijani left Tehran for Damascus on Sunday morning. Speaking at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, he said his visit was taking place upon the invitation of his Syrian counterpart and that it had previously been postponed due to some developments.

Larijani described Syria as a friendly and brotherly country that is part of the "axis of resistance".

"Developments in Syria and the region call for close consultations between the countries that cooperate with each other," he said.

"Given the conspiracies in the region, we need closer consultation and solidarity on different issues," he added.

Idlib and small parts of the adjacent area in Aleppo form the only large territory in the hands of terrorists after the Syrian military managed to undo militant gains across the country and bring back almost all of Syrian soil under government control.

The Syrian army has been making steady advances in the past few weeks, liberating a strategic city and a key highway which connects Damascus to Aleppo.

The Syrian gains, however, have coincided with a massive deployment of troops and military equipment by Turkey which is evidently upset by changing conditions on the ground.

Turkish troops are deployed in terrorist-held areas in Idlib under a deal reached with Russia in 2018.

Syria began an offensive in December to drive out the terrorists from the province after its troops and those of Russia came under increasing attacks.