Feb 17, 2020 13:20 UTC
  • Tehran-Damascus cooperation not tactical: Iranian speaker

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani reiterated the country’s policy to support war-stricken Syria and said the close cooperation between the two countries is deep-rooted and not “a tactical matter”.

According to Tasnim news agency, speaking at a meeting with Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria Hammouda Youssef Sabbagh in Damascus on Sunday, Larijani said the Islamic Republic and the Arab country have “friendly and brotherly” ties.

“Rest assured that we are determined to support you,” he said, adding, “With the full knowledge of Syria and the region, we have supported and will continue to support you and we do not consider cooperation with you a tactical matter.”

The Iranian speaker further pointed to the efforts to reconstruct the Arab country and said Iranian and Syrian businessmen can work together in today’s situation.

Sabbagh welcomed Larijani and his accompanying delegation and said the meeting is indicative of the historic and solid relationship between the two countries. 

After his one-day trip to Syria, the Iranian parliament speaker arrived in Lebanon on Sunday and plans to stay in the Arab country for two days. 

In an earlier meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Sunday, Larijani affirmed Iran’s continued support for Syria in its efforts to eliminate terrorism in all its territories, stressing the importance of the recent victories made by the Syrian army against the terrorists.

He further expressed his confidence in the ability of the Syrian people and military to complete the liberation of all their lands and restore Syria’s position in the region.

Assad, for his part, highlighted the successes of the Syrian military and said, “The Syrian people are determined to liberate all Syrian territories”.

He also said terrorists in northwestern Syria were using residents as “human shields,” in an attempt to stop Syrian troops from advancing into the territory.