TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a meeting with Syrian Defense Minister Ali Mahmoud Abbas in Tehran on Tuesday promised the Islamic Republic will stand by the Syrian people in the same way that it helped them fight against terrorism during years of war in the Arab country.
The relations between Iran and Syria are strategic as their relations are based upon common beliefs and the spirit of resistance shown by their people, Raisi said.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a true friend of the Syrian nation, because in the same way that it (Iran) stood by the Syrian nation and government in the era of resistance against terrorism, it is also ready to stand by them during the reconstruction period by strengthening economic cooperation in all fields,” the president stated.
Raisi also lauded the Syrian armed forces’ efforts to protect the Arab country’s nation and government against seditions as a promising prospect for the future of Syrians.
For his part, General Abbas said Syria emerged victorious in the war on terrorism thanks to the support from its brothers and true friends.
Syria has become stronger and will continue to act as a ring in the chain of resistance, he stated, adding, “The axis of resistance will have a significant role in forming a new world.”
Deploring the hostile attempts to harm the deep-rooted and brotherly ties between Syria and Iran, the minister said the bonds between the two countries are too strong to be damaged and that they continue to grow constantly.
On Monday, President Ebrahim Raisi met and held talks with Chairman of Russia are State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and underlined the capacities of the two countries can complement each other in serving mutual and regional interests.
“The two countries have diverse, numerous capacities in the fields of energy, transit and transportation that can be activated for developing cooperation,” Raisi added.
The president also stated that Iran follows the full implementation of the agreements with Russia, adding, “The capacities of the two sides can complement each other, and their use can create regional benefits in addition to securing the interests of the two countries.”
For his part, Volodin said Iran’s positions on strengthening regional and neighborhood relations could facilitate the development of cooperation between the two countries, the president’s official website reported.
“The Russian Federation also has the same approach and opinion about improving the level of interactions with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and our agenda is based on the will of the leaders of the two countries to strive for the continuous development of cooperation,” he added.
Volodin has visited Iran with a delegation of Russian deputy ministers responsible for energy, trade, transportation and agricultural affairs to take part in the third meeting of the Supreme Joint Parliamentary Commission of Iran and Russia.