Damascus, SANA- President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who arrived in Syria today , heading a large ministerial delegation on a two-day visit to Syria.
President Al-Assad: Syrian-Iranian Relations Have Remained Stable Despite Political Storms
During the plenary talks with the Iranian President, President al-Assad said “the Syrian-Iranian relations are rich in content, rich in experiences and rich in the insights that constituted them, and therefore, these relations were, during hard times, stable and firm despite of the severe political and security storms which struck the Middle East Region.”.
President al-Assad added “our ties were established for more than four decades, and the political storms changed concepts, blew up foundations and destroyed entire countries, but they failed to affect the consistent vision that our two countries share about the events that were taking place,” .
His Excellency said “the joint vision of the two countries has proven to be based on correct and firm foundations, based on values, principles and beliefs, and most importantly, on the interests of the peoples and on their sovereignty and independence.”.
The President added that “the relations between our two countries are built on loyalty, when an unjust war was waged against Iran in 1980 for eight years, Syria did not hesitate to stand by Iran despite the threats and temptations at that time.”
President Al-Assad said “in the same way, when the war has been launched against Syria since 12 years ago, Iran supported Syria despite the threats, and did not hesitate to provide all political and economic support, but rather offered blood, and the blood is the most precious thing that a person can offer to his neighbor.
President Raisi: The Syrian people overcame difficulties and achieved victory
For his part, Iranian President Raisi said “Syria, Government and People, have gone through large difficulties, and today we can say that you have surpassed all these problems and achieved victory despite of the threats and sanctions imposed on you.”.
President Raisi expressed his sincere congratulations to the Syrian government and people for these great victories. “The whole world certainly praises this resistance that Syria has shown,” he said.
The president added that “the relations between the government and the people of Syria and between the government and the people of Iran are old and deep- rooted “.
“We are currently witnessing many political developments and changes in the region and the world, but the relations between the two countries have not and will not be affected by these changes and developments, and I believe that the coming circumstances will also be so, and these relations will not be affected by changes and conditions in the world and the region.” President Raisi said.
President Raisi added “Syrians have certainly had difficult days, but I hope we will witness days full of joy, success for this country.”.
“The rightness of the status of Iran and Syria and the rationality of this track and that the resistance has brought its fruits, and yesterday some may have been hesitating about the stance and the political position of Iran and Syria, but today everyone believes that this stance and this track is of truth and justice one.” the Iranian president added.
He went on to say that “The circumstances were difficult, but in the end we witnessed that the resistance was proved and it became clear to everyone that the victorious track is the resistance.”.
President Raisi said: “Surrender certainly has costs, and a percise price, and certainly its price will be greater than the price of resistance, and some who thought that by surrendering to the enemy would pay a lower price, then it became clear to everyone that this view is a wrong.”.
The Iranian president added: “We have always declared that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the resistance front, and since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, we have declared our support for the resistance fronts, and now we also affirm that we support and stand by the resistance front.”.
His Excellency believes that the current world order has changed and will ultimately be in interest of the resistance front.
Raisi affirmed that the bilateral ties of Syria and Iran and the communication between their leaderships and peoples are deep rooted that they certainly cannot be fractured.
The Iranian President added that Iran is a friend through hardships, thus, has declared support to the peoples of Syria and Iraq during the Takfiri war led by the Takfiri groups against Syria, aiming at changing the regional order as well as the Syrian and Iraqi governments.
“We hope that Syria will achieve peace and prosperity,” the Iranian President said. “Iran has been, and still is, standing side by side with Syria, particularly during the period of reconstruction and there is no question that the Syrians themselves are able to clean up the ravages of the war. The world will also witness the Syrians return to their homeland.”.
“I have mercy on the souls of the martyrs of the axis of resistance, and the martyrs of Syria, and I wish health and a speedy recovery for those injured in the war”. The Iranian president concluded his speech by saying.
President al-Assad and Iranian President Raisi discussed the bilateral relations in various fields and means of developing them.
Talks also dealt with the latest developments in the Middle East region and the reflections of the global changes on the region, and unifying efforts to invest these changes for the benefit of the two countries and the people of the region.
The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Damascus International Airport on Wednesday, accompanied by a large ministerial political and economic delegation.
An official reception ceremony was held for the Iranian President upon his arrival at the Poeple’s Palace, the two national anthems of Syria and Iran were played, then the two Presidents reviewed the guard of honor, and shook hands with members of the two official delegations.