Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and the accompanying delegation.
Talks during the meeting touched on the strategic and distinguished relations between the two countries, as well as developments in Syria and their regional and international ramifications.
President al-Assad pointed out that the sides that are hostile to Syria are depleting all their energies and resources to maintain the terrorist war on Syria, noting that whenever the Syrian state achieves tangible progress either on the ground or in national reconciliations, the state that are hostile to Syria increase their support for terrorist organizations, and the most recent example of this is the flagrant US aggression on a Syrian Arab Army position in Deir Ezzor for the benefit of ISIS.
President al-Assad underlined the importance of the support provided by Iran, Russia, and other friendly countries in bolstering the steadfastness of the Syrian people in the face of the terrorist war that targets them.
For his part, Jaberi Ansari affirmed that Iran is determined to continue providing all possible support to Syria in its war on terrorism, noting that Syrian-Iranian relations aren’t just based on mutual interests, as they are also based on a mutual vision and a wise political understanding of the threats to the region’s people, chief among those threats being terrorism and extremism.
The meeting was attended by Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad, the director of the Asia Department at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, and the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus.
Prime Minister Imad Khamis also met Jaberi Ansari, discussing with him means to revitalize economic relations, with the Premier affirming that the Syrian government took upon itself to improve the economic situation and push forward with production, which would encourage trade exchange between Syria and its friends, particularly Iran, adding that the terrorist war on Syria targeted Syria’s human and economic resources.
For his part, the Iranian official affirmed that economic relations between Syria and Iran will continue to be developed to match their political relations.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister Mikdad, Secretary General of the Prime Ministry Mohammad al-Ammouri, and the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani.
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem also met Jaberi Ansari and the accompanying delegation, with the two sides discussing in detail developments in Syria and the region, and their viewpoints in positions were identical.
The two sides agreed on the need to bolster coordination and cooperation between officials from the two countries and to form a bilateral committee from the two countries’ foreign ministries to hold periodic meetings in order to work towards achieving mutual strategic goal during the coming stage.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister Mikdad, Advisor to the Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous, and the directors of the Asia Department and the Special Office Department at the Ministry.
Deputy Minister Mikdad also met with the Iranian official and discussed with him means to enhance the strategic relations between the two countries, with the two sides evaluating bilateral relations in all their aspects and agreeing to move forward with fighting terrorists and unmasking the states that support, fund, arm, and harbor terrorists.