TEHRAN - Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad lay strong emphasis on further enhancement of the brotherly countries’ bilateral relations, during a phone call made by the Syrian head of state.
Assad made the call, congratulating Raisi’s on the occasion of his victory in the Islamic Republic’s presidential elections of June 18, the Arab country’s official Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
Assad wished Raisi success in his efforts to steer Iran during his tenure as the chief executive “towards further progress,” and triumph in his efforts to help the country “continue the march of achievements in all domains,” the agency said.
The two affirmed strong interest and determination to continue boosting the bilateral ties in all fields and keep up the two sides’ “coordination and consultation regarding issues of mutual concern.”
Iran and Syria enjoy age-old fraternal relations and countless instances of commonality.
The Islamic Republic has displayed an unwavering commitment to helping Syria preserve its independence and territorial integrity. The commitment saw Tehran rushing to Damascus’ help in 2011, when the Arab country began being overwhelmed by foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.
That year, Iran began lending military advisory assistance to the Syrian army and its allies in the face of the plight.
The support sustained throughout Syria’s struggle against the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh that launched a campaign of bloodshed and destruction against the Arab nation in 2014.
The assistance, together with Russia’s aerial support for the Syrian military’s advancements on the ground, defeated Daesh in late 2017.
Damascus has invariably expressed gratitude over the supportive stance towards Tehran, which has also pledged to help Syria rebuild itself from the damage that has been caused by the foreign-backed violence.