President Rouhani Tells FM Mekdad in Tehran:
Iran to Stand by Syria Until Final Victory
TEHRAN (Dispatches) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country will continue to support Syria, urging Damascus to confront the occupying regime of Israel in the occupied Golan Heights.
Rouhani’s website said the remarks came during a meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its support to the Syrian government and people as our strategic ally and we will stand by Syria until its final victory.”
Rouhani said confronting "Zionist occupiers and terrorism” is the joint goal of both nations.
"Until the liberation of all occupied lands including the Golan, confronting Zionist occupiers,” should continue, said Rouhani.
It was Mekad’s first visit to Iran as foreign minister after he assumed his post in November. He arrived in Tehran on Monday.
The Zionist regime of Israel occupied the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami told Mekdad the Islamic Republic is determined to continue cooperation with Syria on the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.
Mekdad said it was a source of pride that Iran and its armed forces keep progressing despite the animosity of the United States and the Zionist regime.
Separately, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the U.S. presence in Syria is meant to plunder the Arab country’s oil, protect Israel and strengthen Daesh terrorists, adding, "America’s evil presence in the region must end.”
Shamkhani  gave assurances that the Islamic Republic will never leave the Syrian government and nation alone in their fight against aggression and terrorism.
Also late Monday, Mekdad held talks with Iran’s Parliament Speaker Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf who described Israel as an obstacle to security in the region.
"Backed by the U.S., the Zionist regime is seeking to normalize its relations with certain Muslim countries. Muslim governments and communities must stand against the path taken by the U.S. and the Zionist regime and introduce the normalization of ties to the international community as a disagreeable act,” Qalibaf said.
Mekdad referred to the election of Joe Biden as the new U.S. president, saying U.S. governments are no different in nature, and that the American presence in different parts of the world has always contributed to the spread of insecurity and instability.
U.S. presidents agree on protecting the interests of the Zionist regime, an issue that is more important to them than the interests of European countries, Mekdad noted.
 A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said resistance of the Syrian people during years of war boosted the resistance front in the region and thwarted an international plot hatched by enemies of the Arab country.
"There is no doubt that Syria plays a crucial role in the resistance front and has paid a heavy price for playing that role,” Ali Akbar Velayati told Mekdad on Monday.